Art History – May 2021

Art History

Camille Pissarro, Plum Trees in Blossom, 1894

Camille Pissarro, Plum Trees in Blossom, 1894

On Easter Monday, with snow flurries outside, 13 members of the group settled into a Zoom meeting looking at paintings of ‘Gardens’.  We soon became engrossed in the work of a variety of artists from the late 19th and early 20th century including, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Klimt and Sorolla.  After a short break, we returned to look at work from 1920 onwards namely that of Dufy, Spencer and Mahoney.  The final painting was ‘Normandy Garden, April 2020’ by David Hockney, created on an iPad.  You can see an image gallery and find more information about the upcoming Hockney exhibition, at the Royal Academy, by following this link. https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/david-hockney

In May, the theme for our meeting is Portraits / Self Portraits.  The National Portrait Gallery, which is currently closed until 2023 for major redevelopment works, has digitised their extensive portrait collection.  These can be explored under five main categories: accessory, activity, dress, genre and theme. https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/explore/subjects-and-themes

In addition to the Zoom meetings I have been updating the group by email with links to gallery websites and details of art programmes on TV.  It has been good to be able to see and talk to members on Zoom but I look forward to being able to meet again in person when restrictions allow.

Angela Deane