All Change! The Shock of the New in the 19th century (15, 22, 29/11, 6/12/19)
Long overdue, and linking with the upcoming exhibition at the NPG: 'Pre-Raphaelite Sisters', Hattie will be presenting a series of 4 talks on the Pre-Raphaelites and their influence on the English art scene.
John Ruskin, Saviour of Venice and champion of the Pre-Raphaelites Brotherhood.
Without John Ruskin we could not enjoy Venice as we know it today. He saw all that was good in an ancient piece of masonry and all that was bad in a modern Victorian city and communicated his concerns in a brilliant accessible style. He championed Turner and encouraged the Pre-Raphaleites yet in old age sued Whistler for his new avant-garde style. A complex character but vital in the understanding of the development of art.
22/11: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
The choice of subject matter of the Pre-Raphaelites combined with vivid use of colour and detail created something completely new in British art. Heavily influenced by John Ruskin the young men were inspired by the art of 14th and 15th century and reacted away from the academic veneration of the style of Raphael to produce daring re-tellings of familiar stories.
29/11: Victorian Women Artists
At the beginning of the 19th century painting, drawing and crafts were pursuits encouraged for women as a suitable and respectable past-time, however no lady was expected to paint for a living. Despite the best efforts of the Royal Academy which prevented women from entering its schools, a handful of women artists were able to successfully exhibit their work, often to positive acclaim. Thanks to these pioneering women who strove for better recognition and training, schools and exhibition spaces were opened to female students and training across artistic disciplines began.This talk aims to highlight the advances made by women as professional artists, the themes they portrayed and the different artistic disciplines they developed, from paint and photography to garden planning and graphic design.
6/12: Decorative Arts in the domestic interior in the 19th century
William Morris's famous quote "Have nothing in your house that do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful" will form the core to this discussion. His Arts and Crafts movement, a reaction against the mass produced and imported decorative objects, provided a cohesive, affordable way of living with the skills of the artisan craftsmen recognised and cherished.
Old Town Hall
Richmond TW9 1TP
£12 per lecture (Please book the number of tickets you would like to buy, and specify the dates separatedly)