This autumn there will be a programme of talks at Bell House, Dulwich, which explores exhibitions that are on in London and the art historical background to them.
On 12 and 19 October, we celebrate women, both as artists and as ‘Ladies of Quality and Distinction’, who supported the establishment and running of London’s Foundling Hospital, with a look at the exhibition of that title at the Foundling Museum. We will also look at Tate Britain’s one room focus display on Angelica Kauffman, one of two women founding members of the Royal Academy, before a week dedicated to the enormously popular Frida Kahlo, looking in part at the exhibition at the V&A and more widely at her life and career.
On 2 November we will look at the Barbizon school of French Landscape painters. This group of artists were responsible for popularising landscape as a genre in France and provided support and inspiration for the Impressionists, who will be covered on 9 November, with a look at the ‘Courtauld Impressionists’ exhibition at the National Gallery.
Sessions in mid-November and December revolve around portraits and portraitists. We will start, on 16 and 23 November, with a general look at portraiture, its trends and some of its most successful exponents. On 7 and 14 December respectively, we focus on two of the great names in British portraiture, Sir Joshua Reynolds and his contemporary and rival, Thomas Gainsborough, the latter with a specific focus on the ‘Gainsborough’s Family Album’ exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
12 October– ‘Ladies of Quality and Distinction’ (Foundling Museum 21 September to 20 January 2019) and ‘Angelica Kauffman: Royal Academician‘ (at Tate Britain until 21 October)
19 October– ‘Frida Kahlo : Making Her Self Up’ (at V&A until 4 November)
FRENCH LANDSCAPE PAINTING
2 November– The Barbizon School of French Landscape painting
9 November– ‘Courtauld Impressionists : From Manet to Cézanne’ (National Gallery exhibition, 17 September to 20 January 2019)
16 November– ‘Who do you think they are?’ Portraiture I
23 November– ‘Who do you think they are?’ Portraiture II
7 December– Sir Joshua Reynolds
14 December– ‘Gainsborough’s Family Album’ (National Portrait Gallery 22 November until 3 February 2019)
Sessions take place between 2pm and 4pm on Friday afternoons and cost £15 per session per person. All talks will be given by Rosalind Whyte, who is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society and a guide and lecturer at Tate and the Royal Academy.