The Words & Pictures Book Club (April 2019): “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” by Susan Vreeland

The Words & Pictures Book Club

“Girl in Hyacinth Blue” by Susan Vreeland 

Monday 15th April, 2-4pm

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

Join us for the Words & Pictures book club where we will be reading and discussing novels in which visual art and artists are relevant to the narrative. At our April meeting we’ll discuss Susan Vreeland’s “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” and look at paintings by Dutch master artist Vermeer.

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:

Dr ML Banting –

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

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft (April 2019): The Ballets Russes

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery
Saturday 27th April 2019, 10.30am-12.30pm
with Dr ML Banting
The Art of the Ballets Russes

Join us to discuss the story of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes which caused such a stir in Paris and London with its modernist choreography, radical music and exotic costumes. The stories and stage-settings brought together numerous talented artists from Russia and across Europe, inspiring yet more artists in their exploration of Post-Impressionist painting. Today we’ll look again at these unique performances, assess their cultural impact and trace their influence on the visual arts.

Allinson - Russian Ballet

Adrian Paul Allinson (1890–1959): Tamara Karsavina (1885–1978) as the Firebird in ‘L’Oiseau de Feu’ (ballet by Michel Fokine)  [1918, Victoria and Albert Museum]

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.