Chinnor & District

Art History

The Art History Group focuses on the stories behind interesting works of art, both the famous and the more obscure, and the ‘artists’ who created them through the centuries. As such it can be a fascinating mixture of historical context, real life human stories, admirable talent and ‘art appreciation’. We share these stories mainly through presentations by group members, although there is no obligation on every single member to prepare a presentation. There will be occasional talks by invited guest speakers.

"I have never laughed so much at a u3a meeting" was heard to be said following an interactive talk by Barbara Bigland on the works of the inimitable Beryl Cook. The ambience in the Reading Room didn't disappoint on Friday, 15th October - our first meeting in person since February 2020. More to follow on the content of Barbara's presentation

MONTHLY MEETINGS:

The subjects covered range far and wide and are not limited to fine art, that is painting and sculpture, but can cover the history of crafts such as pottery and embroidery and even archaeology.

Other activities include occasional talks by invited outside speakers. In addition, an annual (summer) art history related outing and a New Year's lunch at a local pub will be organised when possible.

We have been holding monthly meetings with the help of Zoom. This has involved us all getting to grips with this technology, including learning how to present PowerPoint type presentations (still learning) with a great deal of admirable group patience, co-operation and help from each other! Any help to use the Zoom ‘technology’ will be willingly offered on a one-to-one basis

Recent talks have included:

  • A ‘Taste of Welsh Art’ - Elan shone a light on some great works by artists from the 18th - 20th centuries
  • Joris Hoefnagel - the great Flemish painter, print maker and miniaturist
  • The St Ives School - by lecturer and sculptor Keith Appleby
  • Painting the Garden - changing representations of gardens from 20BC in Rome up to 2000 David Hockney
  • Russian Art - A Taster covering the evolution of Russian art, reflecting shifts in political and social attitudes and power through the ages. Rob highlighted some of the more significant influences and phases in Russian art up to the First World War
  • Fred Yates who gave up teaching art to paint in Bournemouth, Cornwall & France in his eclectic style
  • Norman Cornish whose paintings and sketches recorded the disappearing world of Spennymoor
  • Graham Twemlow shared his extensive knowledge of The Great British Poster Artists
  • Kate(y) Perugini portrait artist and daughter of Charles Dickens
  • European Artworks that define Christmas, from Belgium, France, Holland and Italy
  • Artemisia Gentileschi 17th century Baroque artist influenced by Caravaggio
  • Berthe Morisot an account of the life and times of a famous female impressionist

Co-ordinators: Rob Holdaway and Sian Stevens

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