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


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 […]

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 […]