Art History Mornings @ The Beecroft 2018

In the 250th anniversary year of the Royal Academy of Art, our first Art History Morning at The Beecroft in 2018 will explore the paintings of those first Academicians, the Exhibitions, and the ideals of the Grand Style as espoused by Sir Joshua Reynolds the first President of the RA.

By contrast, we’ll also look at the art of William Blake who declared that Reynolds had been “hired to depress art.”

It was a time then of great debate about creativity, the meaning of art to the nation and the role of the artist in society.

Glad Day or The Dance of Albion, c.1794 (etching with w/c)

XCF7043 Glad Day or The Dance of Albion, c.1794 (etching with w/c) by Blake, William (1757-1827); British Museum, London, UK; English, out of copyright

Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney: The Archers 1769 by Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723-1792 

 Joshua Reynolds: Colonel Acland & Lord Sydney – The Archer (1769); Tate Gallery]

The introduction of William Blake will lead us to Samuel Palmer and The Ancients, our subject for February (24th). And in March (24th) we’ll look at the work of The Norwich School of Painters.

Meetings are held 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Beecroft Gallery lecture theatre.
Each talk costs £10 and includes tea/coffee (biscuits!)
For further information please contact Mark Banting by email chasingtales@rocketmail.com or via twitter @TheCommonViewer
These monthly Saturday morning art history talks are educational yet informal and open to anyone with an interest in art.