The Art of the Côte d'Azur
Tuesday 19th & 26th January, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd February
16.00 - 17.00 or in your own time
In the late nineteenth century the Côte d’Azur became the destination of choice for European royalty and aristocrats who wanted to avoid the cold northern winter. Artists such as Monet, Renoir and Signac also travelled south to experience the bright light and vibrant colours of the Mediterranean. They were later followed by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and others whose work is celebrated in the museums of Nice, Antibes and St Tropez.
This new online course will take us, virtually, to warmer climes as we discover the art of the Côte d’Azur. We will be visiting the Picasso museum in Antibes, the Léger museum in Biot and the Chagall museum in Nice as well as Matisse’s stunning Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence, which he described as his 'masterpiece', and the Maeght Foundation in the hills above Saint-Paul-de-Vence, created after a family tragedy. We will discuss the life and work of these artists and others who spent time in the South of France and learn of the stories behind the collections.
The course will be run on Zoom and take place over 6 weeks All the talks will be fully illustrated and lists of works provided. The talks will also be recorded allowing you to do the course in your own time or to catch up if you miss a live talk.
Cost - £60 includes link to live talk, recorded version and list of works
PAST COURSES and TALKS
available as recordings
The Christmas Story in Art - 4 week course (December 2020)
In this series of online talks, we take a journey, along with the shepherds and magi, in search of the origins and meaning of the Christmas Story. The earliest depictions of the Nativity are found on 4th century Roman sarcophagi and since then artists have created images that tell the different parts of the story in a myriad of different ways. Why do the ox and the ass appear in nativity scenes? Why is Mary so often seen worshipping rather than holding her baby? Whose portraits do we find in the faces of the Magi? These and many other questions are explored as we follow the star, through some of the most beautiful and striking images in western art, to the manger.
The Art of the Self Portrait - 6 week course (October - November 2020)
We live in the age of the “selfie” where smart phones and social media allow us to instantly create and share images of ourselves but the fascination with the ‘self’ is nothing new. This course will chart the history and development of the self portrait in Western art from medieval manuscripts to contemporary art. We will explore how the artists of the past saw themselves and look at the work of some of the greatest self portraitists including Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Artemisia Gentileschi, Gustave Courbet and Vincent Van Gogh.
Cost - £60
The New Hall Art Collection - Guest Lecture (October 2020)
with Harriet Loffler, Curator of the New Hall Art Collection
The New Hall Art Collection is one of the world's largest and most significant collections of works of art by women. In this online talk the curator discusses the history of the college, the start of the art collection and some of the works.
Cost - £10
The Women Impressionists - 4 week course (September 2020)
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 explores these questions and many more.
Cost - £40
The Art of Cornwall - 4 week course (July 2020)
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.
Cost - £40
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.
Cost - £5 per talk
"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.