Braintree Area

Art Appreciation

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Group Contacts: John and Maxine Blackwell
If you are interested in joining this group please telephone John or Maxine on 01376 801660.

Meetings will be at 2.30pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time. Venues will be confirmed by email.

If you are interested to find out about subjects for previous meetings from January 2017 when we started, click on the link Art Appreciation Topics 2017-2019 here.

Unfortunately our meeting on Tuesday 26th November had to be cancelled. There will be no meeting in December due to the Christmas Holiday.

News of the programme for 2020 will be published after our first meeting on 28th January 2020.

Wishing everybody a very happy Christmas and New Year.

To see subjects for our meeting this year you can view our 2019 Art Appreciation Diary here.

At our meeting on Tuesday 22nd October Jean gave a presentation on the Spanish artist, Joaquin Sorolla. The exhibition at the National Gallery of Sorolla's paintings earlier in the year was only the second time his work had been exhibited in the UK. His first exhibition was in 1908. Three of our group had seen his work at the National Gallery and were full of praise for Sorolla who was termed the 'Master of Light' for his wonderful depictions of seaside scenes in his native Valencia. It was good to introduce Sorolla and the wide range of his work. He was someone who wasn't taken up by the British public during his lifetime. He was a prolific painter with his painting being sold across Europe and particularly in the United States. An interesting meeting.

John gave a very interesting talk on Tuesday 24th September on Venessa Bell. John and Maxine had visited the home of Vanessa Bell, Charleston House in Sussex, which is well worth a visit. Venessa had an open view on relationships, as did many of the Bloomsbury Group members who often stayed at the house. Duncan Grant, the painter, was a resident there for some years and he and Venessa painted not just on canvas, but on walls, chairs, tables, bookcases - almost every surface possible. A beautiful garden was created by Roger Fry, an inspiration to visiting artists.

Venessa had two sons, Julian and Quinten with her husband Clive Bell, and later a daughter Angelica with Duncan Grant. Venessa was deeply affected by the death of her son Julian in the Spanish Civil War and later her sister, Virginia Woolf. Vanessa Bell developed a style of her own and our group had mixed feelings about her artwork.

Seven members of Art Appreciation enjoyed a day out at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on 23rd July. Our primary objective was to see the Beggarstaff Brothers exhibition that Moira had talked about at the June meeting. This was much more extensive than just the early posters that brought William Nicholson and James Pryde to the attention of the public. After the turn of the century the two artists followed different career paths, but they remained close until 1918 when Pryde's wife died. Pryde's later work had a sombre and oppressive tone often depicting slums and derelict buildings from his imagination. Nicholson embraced a lighter tone and became well known for his skill in portraiture as well as landscapes. We all enjoyed learning more from the exhibition and had time to explore other rooms afterwards. A rewarding trip out.

On the Tuesday 25th June we enjoyed finding out about the two men who became known as the Beggarstaff Brothers, William Nicholson and James Pyrde. They were famous for their posters in the 1890's and formed an early partnership. Afterwards their careers followed different paths, unfortunately James Pyrde did not have the success that William Nicholson had. Thank you to Moira for hosting and giving us a very interesting afternoon, following on from your visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum and viewing the exhibition of their work. The rest of us are looking forward to our visit to the Fitzwillaim for our next meeting on 23rd July.

Maxine gave a very interesting talk on Harald Sohlberg at the meeting on Tuesday 28th May. This followed her visit with John to the exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The exhibition catalogue showed a wide range of the work Harald undertook during his lifetime from 1896-1935. Although well known in Norway his work does not seem to have been known about or appreciated elsewhere. Harald's painting were enthusiastically praised by members.

At the meeting on Tuesday 23rd April we looked at the paintings of David Hockney as well as his interest in using photographs for his artworks. This produced lots of discussion and comments on the wide range of techniques and materials he used on many of his canvases. An interesting afternoon.

Unfortunately the meeting on Tuesday 26th March had to be cancelled.

Our first meeting for 2019 on Tuesday 26th February was a very interesting presentation by Stephanie on the French artist Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894). Gustave was born into a wealthy family and some of his early paintings are views from their home in Paris. Gustave knew many of the well known impressionist painters of the time. He had a wide range of interests including photography, he was also heavily involved in supporting other artists and their exhibitions. The family bought a house in the country and his paintings show boating scenes and country life. Unfortunately Gustave died early aged 46, he left his collection to his brother Martial. Only a limited number of the paintings remained in France, many were bought by wealthy Americans. In the 1970's there was a revival of interest in Gustave's paintings and some are now exhibited in galleries in the USA.

Dates for the next few meetings are shown below in events.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Dec 24th No meeting - Christmas holiday
Tue Jan 28th 2020 2.00pm - John Piper @ Anne's
Tue Feb 25th 2020 2.00pm - Pieter Bruegel @ Maxine's
Tue Mar 24th 2020 2.00pm - Jack Vettriano @ Maxine's
Tue Apr 28th 2020 2.00pm - subject and venue tbc
Tue May 26th 2020 2.00pm - subject and venue tbc
Tue Jun 23rd 2020 2.00pm - subject and venue tbc
Tue Jul 28th 2020 2.00pm - subject and venue tbc
Tue Aug 25th 2020 No meeting - summer break
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Bus Pass Safari Group Card Making
Cards & Board Games Computers Beginners
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Digital Photography Drawing
Family History Flower Arranging
French Conversation Gardening
Geography Grumpy Old Men
Grumpy Old Women Improvers French
Jazz & Jammin Le Dejeuner Lunch Group
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Painting Petanque-Tue
Petanque-Wed Scrabble
Shinsaibu-Kai Singing for Pleasure
Snooker Spanish Conversation
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Ukulele Group Walkie-Talkies
Walking Group 1 Walking Group 2
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