Convenor: Mary Holden 01772 783306
The group usually meets at 2pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
Location: Convenor's home
Next Meeting 2pm 19th June 2018
Subject: Art Passion and Power part 3
Subject: Van Gogh
May 2018 Stanley Spencer
April 2018 Art, Passion and Power part 2
March 2018 Art, Passion and Power: The Royal Collection part 1
November 2017 Titian and Breugel
October 2017 Michaelangelo and Raphael
Michaelangelo (1475-1564) first made his name as a sculptor. His 4 metre tall statue of David, is in Florence, and was carved from a single piece of white marble. Another of his masterpieces Pieta, is in St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
In 1508 he was commissioned by the Pope to decorate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with frescoes. It took 4 years to complete the work.
Raphael (1483-1520)Worked throughout Italy, particularly in Florence where he was a noted portaitist. In 1508 he was commissioned by the Pope to help with the redecoration of the Papal Palace, it was here that he painted the fresco "The School of Athens".
September 2017 The subject of the meeting was Gardens in Art, when we watched a film "Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse". This is a film about The Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition of the same name. Curators artists and gardeners took us on a journey into how artists such as Monet and Matisse used the natural colour and form found in their own gardens. The film is ideal for both lovers of art or lovers of gardens.
In March several members visited the Atkinson Gallery in Southport to see an Exhibition of work by Lowry and Theodore Major. Lowry is of course, well known; Major less so. The two artists were contemporaries and often shared exhibitions.
Theodore Major 1908–99 was born in Wigan and insisted that he was essentially self-taught as an artist. He actually studied at Wigan Art School between 1927–1932, and taught there between 1930-1950 and in 1952 founded the Wigan Arts Club. He established a reputation as a Lancashire artist and drew cartoons for the Daily Mail and the Manchester Guardian.
Major became noted for his grim depictions of Wigan streets and factories, pictures of children, of lonely seascapes, of nudes and nightmare imaginations. "To disturb and extend consciousness in the mind of the viewer" was his declared aim. He declined to sell pictures, "not to the people who want them, the rich people". He eventually had to buy the house next door as a store which also served as a gallery where the general public were welcome to view his paintings for free.
The meeting in February looked at Rembrandt's work