Art and Artists 3 (Mondays) with Richard Dean MA

  • Talk aimed at: Adults
  • Day : Monday

10am - 12pm
The course takes place over 9 sessions on the following dates: 3, 10, 17 & 24 June, 8, 15, 22 & 29 July and 5 August 2024.

  • Tickets: £10 each
  • Booking: Essential
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The sold out third series of talks returns for anyone who missed it the first time. Combining art history, biography and critical analysis you will learn about the lives and works of some important artists and topics. 

What did these artists do? Why did they do it? Why does it matter? These are the key questions to which we will be looking for answers and ideas. Artists and topics to be discussed include Matisse, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Chagall, Old Masters, Young Masters, Bob Thompson, The School of London, Flowers in art and Philip Guston. 

Each session will incorporate discussion, PowerPoint presentations, handouts and recommendations for further study. 

This short course is suitable for beginners and/or intermediate students, learning will take place in a relaxed and friendly environment, without formal assessment. 

Course tutor, Richard Dean MA, is a practicing artist and experienced lecturer who has lectured at universities and art colleges in London and the southeast and at Tate Britain.

3 June

Artist and teacher: Matisse and his students

Matisse was a great artist and not a few of his students were exceptional too. What did he teach them and what did they do with what they learned?

10 June

Paula Modersohn-Becker

For a couple of years at the beginning of the last century a young woman working in obscurity was the most original, most modern artist in Germany. Who was Paula Modersohn-Becker and what was her achievement?

17 June

Chagall escapes

In 1941 Marc Chagall and his wife were under arrest and awaiting deportation to a concentration camp. They should have shared the dark and obscure fate of many of Chagall’s colleagues. This talk is about how they were rescued and what Chagall did with the rest of his long life.

24 June

Old Masters

Some artists are given long lives and careers. How did they cope with age and how did it change their art? We’ll look at the lives and late work of Titian, Rembrandt, Renoir, O’Keeffe and contemporaries like Richter, Auerbach and Yayoi Kusama.

8 July

Young Masters

And some artists have only brief lives but still create a legacy that endures. Artists under discussion include Amrita Sher-Gil,Gaudier-Brzeska, Gericault, Fabritius, Masaccio, Pauline Boty, Caillebotte and Keith Haring.

15 July

Bob Thompson

How did an unknown young black artist crash the New York art scene of the 60s, achieve recognition and success and then fade from history until recently? A look at the short life and amazing work of an exceptional talent.

22 July

The School of London

The phrase was invented by the painter RB Kitaj to describe what he saw as London’s vibrant painting culture: Hockney, Bacon, Auerbach, Freud -and more. Was he right or wrong?

29 July

The Temple of Flora: Flowers in art

Spring is the season to talk about the history of floral art and Jim Dine, one of its foremost contemporary exponents.

5 August

Philip Guston

Guston first achieved recognition as a figurative painter, then fame as an Abstract Expressionist and then almost ruined his career with a new style of personal, political and highly original figuration. Now he’s considered one of the most important artists of the last fifty years.

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