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

  The Art History group will not be meeting in April.  We will be back on 6th May for a look at American Impressionism with a DVD titled ‘The Artist’s Garden.’ This film explores the American artists inspired by the French Impressionists. Angela Deane.

Art History – February

At our next meeting, on 4th March, we will continue our exploration of the Impressionist artists by looking at the life and work of Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917). Although Degas is often described as an Impressionist, was a founder member of the group and exhibited with them, he was never happy with this label […]

Art History – January 2019

At our meeting on 4th February we will watch a DVD about the Courtauld Institute and Gallery in central London. Art Historian, Tim Marlow will guide us through the collection that stretches from early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly famous for its array of Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings. The Courtauld was […]

Art History – December

We have had a busy and interesting year exploring the life and work of the Romantic artists including Constable, Friedrich, David and Delacroix.  We also looked at the history of Still Life painting and behind the scenes at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  The meeting about Edward Hopper proved very popular with much discussion about his work […]


Art History – November

Our next meeting is on Monday 3rd December and we will begin our study of the Impressionist painters starting with Edouard Manet.  Our DVD is ‘Manet – The Man Who Invented Modern Art’.  Manet’s work was remarkable for its modernity, both in technique and subject matter – qualities which attracted the admiration of a group […]

Art History – October

Our next meeting will be on 5th November when we will watch the final episode in the ‘Art of France’ series. This focuses on the Impressionists and explains how their approach to painting influenced subsequent modern art movements.  The term ‘Impressionist’ was first used as an insult in response to an exhibition of new paintings […]

Art History – September

At our meeting on 1st October we will watch a DVD from the BBC ‘History of British Art’ series.  The episode looks at the Pre- Raphaelite movement.  In 1848, seven students at London’s Royal Academy formed a secret society called the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB).  The students wanted to move away from the sombre colour palettes, […]

Dulwich picture gallery

Art History – August

Our next meeting is on 3rd September when we will watch a DVD about Dulwich Picture Gallery, the oldest public art gallery in Britain.  The film looks at work ‘behind the scenes’ including picture restoration and the staging of exhibitions.  Designed by Sir John Soane and opened to the public in 1817, the gallery is […]

Art History – July

At our meeting on Monday 6th August we will watch a DVD that explains how art in France took a dramatic turn following the French Revolution of 1789.  We will explore the work of French artists including Jacques-Louis David – whose art appeared on the barricades and in the streets – and also Delacroix, Ingres […]

portrait of Edward Hopper

Art History – June

‘If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint’. (Edward Hopper) At our meeting on 2nd July we will watch a DVD about Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967). The film examines American realist painter Edward Hopper’s life, including interviews with people who knew him, and with those inspired by his […]