Thursday 10.00 - 12.00
British artists have always shown a balance between absorbing continental influences and expressing an independent outlook, influenced more by their surroundings than by theories. This course explores the contribution made by major British painters and sculptors to the history of art over 200 years, from William Hogarth to Henry Moore and analyses the way they have responded to trends from abroad and been influenced by the special qualities of British society, its history and its varied landscape.
Each of the ten sessions will consist of an informal talk about two or three contemporary and often contrasting artists, well illustrated with slides and with plenty of opportunity for discussion. No prior knowledge of art history is required, just an interest in the visual arts and a desire to expand your appreciation of art.