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 are occasional talks by invited guest speakers.

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. In addition, a summer art history related outing and a New Year's lunch at a local pub will be organised when possible.

MONTHLY MEETINGS:

Ros recently gave a talk on the Group of Seven Canadian artists: click on the link adjacent to this text.
Also take note of the 100th Anniversary Commemorative Stamps issued in May 2020

Should you wish to join us or would like to know more about the group, please contact Rob via the link at the bottom of this page.

Jill Carey gave an interesting talk on ‘Woven Tapestries From The Middle Ages To Modern Times’
The background history of tapestries from the early Egyptians to the 14th century Golden Age, then onto its rightful place in high Renaissance art, through to William Morris and modern practitioners such as William Jeffries was impressive enough but the ‘Piece de Resistence’ were those woven tapestries created by Jill herself. To learn first-hand of Jill’s inspirations from the natural world, coupled with prose and poetry, was an experience we rarely share in our discussions of art and its history.

At our pre-Christmas meeting we had fun by reminding ourselves of some of the great presentation subjects we have shared over the past year, or so. It turned out to be a challenging test of memory for those who were present at the time!

"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.

Recent talks have included:

  • Paula Rego’ Janet gave us an insight into this artist's varied works covering a range of techniques
  • 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

Co-ordinators: Rob Holdaway and Sian Stevens

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