"The Women Impressionists" online course
Tuesday 8,15,22 and 29 September 4.00-5.00pm
(or in your own time)
The Impressionists were an innovative and radical group of artists whose work took Paris by storm in the 1870s. They reinvented the subject matter of art and how the world was depicted, using new colours and techniques to create paintings of modern life. The group included, from the beginning, women artists. Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Marie Bracquemond and Eve Gonzalès all exhibited at the Impressionist exhibitions but how much do we know about them? What and how did they paint? What obstacles and prejudices did they face as women artists? This course will explore these questions and many more.
The course will be run on Zoom and take place over 4 consecutive Tuesdays. All the talks will be fully illustrated and a list of works provided. The talks will also be recorded and a link to the recordings made available to all participants. There will be opportunities to ask questions during the live talks.
Cost - £40 to attend the course live and/or receive the recordings
PAST COURSES and TALKS
available as recordings
"The Art of Cornwall" - 4 week course
Throughout the history of art particular places at particular times have inspired intense periods of creativity. From the late 19th century, Cornwall became a focus for artists, beginning with the artists' colony at Newlyn and then the Lamorna Group. In the 20th century, St Ives was home to British modernists such as Bernard Leach, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson who in turn inspired and were challenged by a younger generation that included Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, Patrick Heron and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. The course will look at the work of these artists and others who lived and worked in Cornwall from the 1880s to the 1970s and explore their artistic influences, relationships and legacy.
Teatime Talks on Tuesdays
A series of six short talks taking a thematic approach to works in Cambridge collections. Each talk is fully illustrated and takes a thematic and engaging approach. There is a charge of £5.00 to receive a recording of one of the following talks, each of which is approximately 30 minutes in length.
"A Gust of Wind" (26.05.20)
This online talk explores the theme of 'wind' by looking at a number of paintings and objects from the Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettles Yard including works by Jacob van Ruisdael, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Alfred Wallis.
"Portrait of a Lady" (02.06.20)
Starting with some of the smallest portraits in the museum, this talk will look at some of the different images of women in Cambridge collections including works by Van Dyck, Hogarth and Duncan Grant.
"Beasts and Birds" (09.06.20)
This talk looks at a menagerie of creatures from the strange beasts found in the marginalia of medieval manuscripts to Henri Gaudier Brzeska's depictions of cats, dogs and birds as well as works by Rolandt Savery and Rubens.
"Apples and Pears" (16.06.20)
When did artists first start painting still lives? Why do apples appear in classical and Christian art? Who said "I will astonish Paris with an apple"? Find out as we discuss works of art from Kettles Yard and the Fitzwilliam Museum.
"Mirror, Mirror" - (23.06.20)
This talk will discuss artist's self portraits in Cambridge collections including works by Rembrandt, Christopher Wood and Stanley Spencer. How do artist's see themselves? What, if anything, do they reveal in their self portraits? How much should we read into these images as we look at them with 21st century eyes?
"At Home" - (30.06.20)
Many of us have been spending a lot of time at home over the past few months. This talk will discuss works of art that take us through the keyhole into private spaces including works by Jan Steen, Camille Pissarro and Edouard Vuillard.