MENU THE ARTS SOCIETY HAMPSTEAD HEATH
Click here for previous lectures

DateLecture
19 December 2019Dazzling Dufy: Invitation to a Luminous Feast
16 January 2020The Sublime in the Everyday: Vermeer and the Delft School
20 February 2020Artists and Espionage: the Lawn Road Flats NW3 - Modernist Living in mid-C20 London
19 March 2020Mad Men and the Artists - How the advertising industry has exploited fine art
16 April 2020Tapestry: The Ultimate Wall Covering
14 May 2020Gaudi
18 June 2020Midsummer Magic: Introduction to Nordic Impressionists and Realists of the late C19
16 July 2020Ladies of the Night: Art History's most scandalous muses
20 August 2020The Presidential Lecture
17 September 2020Raphael
15 October 2020East Meets West: How japanism revolutionised western art
19 November 2020Australian Impressionism
17 December 2020Royal Jewels and the American Heiress
21 January 2021The genius of Antonio Stradivari
18 February 2021The Guggenheims: a dynasty of art collectors
18 March 2021Canadian landscape painters: Tom Thompson and the group of seven.
15 April 2021The art of gardening and gardening design
20 May 2021Five men having badly: a really grand tour of Kent
17 June 2021Photography as fine art: from Alfred Stieglitz toAndreas Gursky
15 July 2021Design in public transport
19 August 2021The Presidential Lecture
23 September 2021The richest legacies: British colonial buildings in India
21 October 2021The Glasgow boys
18 November 2021Sorolla: Painter of light
16 December 2021A brief story of wine
20 January 2022Brueghel peasants, proverbs and landscape

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the lecture

Dazzling Dufy: Invitation to a Luminous Feast Mary Alexander Thursday 19 December 2019

Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was a key player in early twentieth century avant garde art, design and literary/theatrical circles in Paris. As a widely travelled polymath, Dufy's charismatic personality, wit and curiosity about the world was infectious.

His imagination and technical virtuosity - across a range of media including painting and lithography, posters, book illustration, theatrical set design, textiles and fashion, ceramics and large murals - cut across all conventional boundaries. Whether a small intricate woodcut illustrating a love poem, or the truly gigantic 1937 world fair murals depicting the role of electricity in the modern age, the effect is mesmerising.

Dufy defies categorisation, constantly innovating and experimenting with new materials and effects. His analysis of the visual world is sophisticated and joyous in equal measure. Perhaps this goes some way to explain why some later critics fail to grasp its complexity and pigeonhole him a 'decorative artist', or misunderstand the irony in his witty yet gentle caricatures of elegant social life.

*******************************************************************************

Mary has thirty years' experience as a lecturer, with a BA in History and History of Art and a MA with distinction in History of Art from University College London. Her experience includes public lectures in museums, tutoring for the Open University, visiting lecturer at Christie's Education in London, museum curator at Platt Hall, the Gallery of Costume, Manchester. Now a freelance lecturer to various arts, heritage and antiquarian societies, she also worked in Pentagram design consultancy in London and New York, organising conferences and special events. Author of various articles on design and visual awareness issues, her background combines an unusual blend of academic and visual communications skills.

******************************************************************

Lecture will be followed by Xmas drinks and nibbles.