Art History


Where and when

We meet at 10am on the first Monday of the month in the Ashley room at the Congregational Church.

Contact details

Angela Deane 01858 431111


Art History – March 2020

The group will not be meeting in April. We will return on 4th May, when we start our investigation into British Art of the 1960’s as part of the SLU3A 20th Anniversary project.  Our first artist will be Francis Bacon who created an extraordinary body of intense and uncompromising figure paintings and portraits. This should […]

Art History – February 2020

“All colours are the friends of their neighbours and the lovers of their opposites” – Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985). Chagall will be the artist for our meeting on 2nd March when we will watch a DVD about his work.  Chagall was born the eldest of nine siblings in a Jewish family in Vitebsk, Russia. […]

New Walk museum Leicester

Art History – January 2020

At our next meeting, on Monday 3rd February, we will watch a DVD about German Expressionism which features the artists Marc, Kirchner, Nolde, Beckmann and Munter.  German Expressionism was an early twentieth century art movement that emphasized the artist’s inner feelings or ideas rather than physical reality, and was characterised by simplified shapes and bright […]

painting by Toulouse Lautrec

Art History – December

Our meetings this year have focused on the life and work of artists from Impressionist period.  These included the artists, Monet, Renoir and Degas as well as the lesser know women of the movement – Cassatt, Morisot, Gonzales and Bracquemond.  The American artists of the time were portrayed in an Exhibition on Screen film, The […]

Seurat - The Seine at Courbevoie

Art History – October

Our next meeting will be on Monday 4th November when we will study the life and work of Post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat.  He was fascinated by the science of light and colour theory and the style he developed used dots of separate colours which, when combined by the eye, gave the illusion of colour mixing. […]

Berthe Morisot

Art History – September

Our next meeting is on Monday 7th October.  We will watch a DVD about the Women of the Impressionist Movement:  Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès and Marie Bracquemond.  They were four outstanding artists who developed distinct Impressionist subjects and styles.  The DVD will be followed by a discussion and contributions from the group. Angela […]

painting by Toulouse Lautrec

Art History – August

Our next meeting will be on Monday 2nd September when we will look at the life and work of two French artists, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Gauguin.  Toulouse–Lautrec was influenced by Degas, who shared his interest in theatre performers and his fascination with Japanese prints.  Gauguin’s use of broad flat colour and graphic outlines […]

Cezanne still life

Art History – July

  Our subject for the 5th August meeting will be the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917).  His works include The Thinker, The Kiss and The Burghers of Calais and he is one of the most famous sculptors known today.  Rodin’s sculptures are considered the forerunners to modern works and are praised for their […]

Cezanne still life

Art History – June

“With an apple I will astonish Paris” – Paul Cézanne. At our next meeting on Monday 1st July we will look at the life and work of Post – Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne.  Born in Aix-en-Provence in 1839 he is best known for his incredibly varied painting style which greatly influenced 20th century abstract art, […]

Van Gogh

Art History – May

On 3rd June we will watch a drama – documentary about the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Van Gogh.  The film uses dialogue sourced from the artist’s letters to his brother, friends and to other artists.  Van Gogh is well known for his Post- Impressionist art work and there […]