Our speaker for this study day is Clare Ford-Wille. She is a popular and well established speaker for The Arts Society and other arts organisations. She has lectured on many areas of European art, architecture and sculpture for over thirty years for Birkbeck College, London University for over 30 years. She has led numerous study tours abroad. Other regular commitments include courses and lectures for Morley College, the City Literary Institute, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Art Fund, the National Trust, Wandsworth Prison and The Arts Society. Come and be illuminated!
Depiction of everyday life as a subject in its own right seems to have been established in Classical times in fresco and mosaic but, with the beginning of Christianity, the subject all but disappeared. Domestic details and street scenes begin to emerge in the 14th and 15th centuries, although it is not until the 16th century in the work of Flemish artists such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder that it once again becomes an independent subject. In the work of 17th century Dutch artist such as Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch and Vermeer genre painting gains in importance. Everyday life continues to be a vibrant subject in the work of 18th and 19th century painters from Hogarth and Greuze to Millais, Tissot, Berthe Morisot and Frith.
Cost: £33 Including refreshments and lunch.
Lecture 1: Introduction: Classical Appearances to Medieval and Renaissance Reappearances.
Lecture 2: Everyday Life as a Subject in its Own Right from Pieter Bruegel to Jan Vermeer.
Lecture 3: 18th and 19th Century developments from Hogarth to Van Gogh.
Special interest days are intended to give members an in-depth look at some aspects of art and culture. No previous knowledge is needed. No need to take notes or join in discussions if you don’t want to – just enjoy listening to one of our expert and enthusiastic art historians on one of their specialist subjects!