Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery (Sept.2018): The Rise of Impressionism

Saturday 29th September, 10.30am-12.30pm

with Dr ML Banting

An Art Tour de France:

The Rise of Impressionism

Amidst the dramatic up & downs of 19th-century French politics and society, artists were seeking new ways to paint the modern world.

Taking their cue from Manet, whose work infuriated the Academic establishment, artists like Monet, Renoir and Morisot set up easels in the forests of Fontainebleau, on the coastlines of Normandy and in the cafes of Paris to create pictures that captured the fleeting moments of light and life.

Join us today to discuss these revolutionary artists and their radical new art.

Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood ?1885 by John Singer Sargent 1856-1925

Image: detail from John Singer Sargent’s “Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood (c.1885; c/o


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 or via twitter @TheCommonViewer

These monthly Saturday morning art history talks are educational yet informal and open to anyone with an interest in art.

The Words&Pictures Book Club (September 2018): Balzac’s “The Unknown Masterpiece”

“The Unknown Masterpiece” by Honore de Balzac

Monday 10th September 2018, 2-4pm
Gleneagles Tea Rooms

Join us for the Words & Pictures book club where we read and discuss novels in which visual art and artists are relevant to the narrative.

At our September meeting we turn to mid-19th-century French fiction and Honore de Balzac’s “The Unknown Masterpiece” – the story of a painter who might be a failure, might be a genius – which inspired numerous modern artists, including Picasso, who made a series of illustrations for the story in the 1930s.


Balzac - Picasso

The Unknown Masterpiece” is published by The New York Review of Books (2001); one of Picasso’s illustrations, c/o

Words & Pictures meets monthly 2-4pm in the glorious surrounds of the Gleneagles Tea Rooms

– where there is tea and cake a-plenty!

Gleneagles Tea Rooms  

All welcome but please email me to reserve your place:

Gleneagles Guesthouse
5-6 Clifftown Parade
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1DP