Art History Group
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.
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, an annual (summer) art history related outing and in January. we hold a News Year’s Lunch at a local pub.
In pre-‘lockdown’ 2019, presentation subjects ranged widely, for example:
- The Pitman Painters
- Art Down Under : A Cultural Desert ?
- How art history of the medieval period gives us clues to archaelogical finds
- Robert Bevan (1865-1925)
- Vanessa Bell & Duncan Grant
- Pierre Bonnard
- Frida Kahlo
Despite the lockdown restrictions, since March 2020 we have still managed to stay ‘connected’ with each other by various means in order to keep our love and interest in the history of art alive.
To start with, and up until end June, we began sharing periodic bulletins by email which we called ‘Snipp’Arts.
These typically featured interesting facts about artists, paintings and exhibitions, as well as challenging and amusing quizzes.
From July 2020 we have been reverting to our monthly meetings with the help of Zoom. This has involved us all in getting to grips with this technology, including learning how to present and ‘view’ Powerpoint type presentations (still learning, with a great deal of admirable group patience, co-operation and help from each other!)
In this Zoom world, monthly presentations have continued to hold our interest, ranging from:
-‘Travels Around My Art’ (world tour of one member's art inspiration)
- Felix Vallotton, the multi-talented wood block and ‘realism’ artist
-‘The Delft Thunderclap 1654 and Carel Fabritius’.
Future presentations from October will include an account of the life and talents of the most famous female impressionist, Berthe Morisot.
We will revert to our monthly meetings in Chinnor only once we are really sure it is safe to do so but in the meantime. we would love to welcome new members who would like to join us on Zoom.
Any help to use the Zoom ‘technology’ will be willingly offered on a one-to-one basis