Charnwood Venue: Quorn Church Rooms, Church Lane, Quorn LE12 8DP Lectures are held on the second Thursday of the month (excluding July and August). The Society arranges outings, specialist Study Days, has sponsored a Young Arts Exhibition and compiled and launched a Church Trail.  2018 Thursday 13th September 2018 Catherine Wallace Under the open sky. Newlyn and Lamorna Artists 1880-1940 This lecture looks at the relationship between art and the fishing industry in Cornwall in the  1880s - 1900.  In particular it analyses how the Newlyn School artists captured the lives of the families dependant on fishing, the hard work and the tragedies they suffered and the boats they used to fish in. Samuel John Birch is estimated to have painted over 20,000 works of art in his long artistic life which ended in 1955. He came from humble beginnings in Cheshire and made his name in Manchester before making the Lamorna Valley near Newlyn both his adopted home and name. His subject was landscape, and in particular the Cornish landscape. Background to the Newlyn Artists Thursday 11th October 2018 ( NOTE AGM at 7.15 ) Gavin Plumley The Gustavs – Mahler and Klimt Gustav Klimt and his colleagues broke away from the imperially endorsed art institutions in Vienna in 1897 and founded the Secession. That was the same year that Gustav Mahler arrived  to take charge of the Opera House in the city. Comparing these two totemic fin de siècle talents, this lecture places Klimt and Mahler in context, asking what fundamentally links and, indeed, divides them. Max Reinhardt, Carl Moll, Mahler, Gustav Klimt, Anna Moll and Josef Hofmann are sitting in the garden of the Villa Carl Moll, Vienna, 1903 Left: Klimt        Right: Marler Background to the Secessionists. Thursday 8th November 2018 Simon Inglis Great Lengths-On the Art & Architecture of swimming pools & lidos Swimming is Britain’s second favourite form of physical recreation (after walking). Almost everyone has memories of visiting their local baths. But whilst not all these memories might be positive – drooping knitted cozzies anyone? – for many swimmers the baths themselves are cherished. Some, particular those built in the late Victorian and Edwardian years, are rich with decorative tilework, stained glass, polished wood and terracotta detailing. This sense of municipal pride continued into the 1920s and ’30s, when Art Deco and Modernist lidos became the urban beaches of their day. In this lecture, Simon highlights the treasures of aquatic art that survive, and considers how the pools of today compare. Thursday 13th December 2018 ( Includes Drinks & Mince Pies) Ian Keable George Cruikshank - The man who drew Oliver Twist George Cruikshank is now best known for his brilliant drawings for Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist.  But this is to do his prodigious skills and work output a disservice. Cruikshank moved effortlessly from biting satirical prints in the Georgian era through to producing engravings for numerous books and journals in Victorian times. Adapting his talents both to new printing technology and the new demands of the reading public, he is considered by many to be the greatest illustrator of the 19th century. His personal reputation hasn't survived quite so well, partly through his obsession with temperance in later life and the fact that when he died, aged 85, it was discovered he had fathered eleven illegitimate children with his mistress. Page designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome Handshake Computer Training
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