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DateLecture
14 May 2018Picasso and Cubism.
09 April 2018 Vermeer: The Musical Pictures: Paintings Inspired by Music & Music Inspired by Paintings (with Recordings)
12 March 2018Hidden Canvases: Street Art & the City.
12 February 2018Adam Silver:1760-1800 ‘A Curious Case Of Reverse Development’
08 January 2018John Singer Sargent: Much More Than a Modern Van Dyck
11 December 2017Frost Fairs on the Frozen Thames
13 November 2017The Twelfth-Century Winchester Bible
09 October 2017As if by Magic - Turner’s Watercolour Techniques.
12 June 20177.30pm AGM followed by Paul Gauguin: From Western Civilisation to the South Seas
08 May 2017Anatomy in the Art of Leonardo da Vinci
10 April 2017English Caricatures from Hogarth to Punch
13 March 2017The Story of Grayson Perry - from Essex Punk Potter to Superstar National Treasure
13 February 2017Giotto: The Legend and the Reality
09 January 2017The Gilded Stage: A Social and Cultural History of Opera
12 December 2016A History of Modern Pantomime from Ancient to Modern Times
14 November 2016Photography as Fine Art
10 October 2016Rescuing Zeugma from the Flood Waters of the Euphrates
13 June 2016AGM & Illustrating ‘Alice’: Some Views of Wonderland
09 May 2016The Role of the Arts in the Cycle of Crime, Prison and Re-offending
11 April 201619th Century Russian Art
14 March 2016Monet & the Impressionists : the Joy & the Torment
08 February 2016Magnificent Mosaics – Windows into the Colourful Roman World
11 January 2016Art Treasures of Paris Please note this lecture will be held in the EEE building
14 December 2015That Pretty German Toy – Musings on The Christmas Tree
09 November 2015Art & the Napoleonic Wars.
12 October 2015 Pugin and the Gothic Revival
08 June 2015AGM followed by: The British Seaside Holiday. The history, architecture, health benefits & pleasures that have shaped our holidays.
11 May 2015 Paula Rego: Painting Women on the Edge and Telling Tales of the Unexpected . Works which suggest complicated narratives full of psychological tension, drama, and emotion
13 April 2015 Marc Chagall and the supremacy of blue. Chagall, the quintessential alien in exile, uses blue to unite floating figures in a rootless universe.
09 March 2015 Beyond Borders: Fortified and Painted Churches in Romania The gothic churches of Transylvania & monasteries of Moldavia, famous for frescoes from the Orthodox Byzantine tradition
09 February 2015 Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals - 'Art in the Garden of God' A new look at 17th century Dutch painting.
12 January 2015 Art and The English Bible This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre EEE in Building 32 on University Road (see picture)
08 December 2014 Wonder Workers & the Art of Illusion
10 November 2014Vincent van Gogh - Emotion in Paint How van Gogh expressed his own turbulent emotions and reflected the turmoil of his era through strong colour and bold brushstrokes
13 October 2014Valerie Woodgate: Paths of Glory. Art and the Great War How artists, who experienced the war, depicted it and how each side responded to its aftermath.
09 June 2014AGM at 7.30 pm – followed by Aboriginal Art and Culture: From Dreamtime to Machine Time
12 May 2014 Toulouse-Lautrec and the Golden Age of Cabaret
14 April 2014 Klimt and the Viennese Secession
10 February 2014 The Frome Hoard: The Largest Pot of Roman Coins found in Britain
10 February 2014Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals - 'Art in the Garden of God' The flowering of Dutch art in 17th Century Holland
10 February 2014 Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals - 'Art in the Garden of God' The flowering of Dutch art in 17th Century Holland
13 January 2014Travel Broadens the Mind: Artists and their Travels from Van Eyck to Gauguin
09 December 2013 The History of Stained Glass as Seen Through the Christmas Story
11 November 2013Jewellery as an Art Form, 1960 – 2012
14 October 2013 The life and works of Anthony van Dyck
10 June 2013AGM - then Treasures of the Royal Collection of Art
13 May 2013Pioneers of Modern Architecture
08 April 2013Art Treasures of Madrid
11 March 2013From Vanbrugh to Repton: The English Landscape Garden
11 February 2013Matisse: Master of Colour
14 January 2013Venice: The Architecture of a Renaissance City
10 December 2012Three wise men: gold, frankincense and myrrh; the traditions of the Magi
12 November 2012Degas, Realist or Impressionist?
08 October 2012Lost on the Titanic: The story of the Great Omar Binding

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Picasso and Cubism. Douglas Skeggs: Monday 14 May 2018

Picasso is one of the most famous and controversial figures of the 20th century. Even today his work triggers mixed reactions from art lovers. This lecture aims to calm those fears. It follows his early career from his childhood in Spain to the garrets and back streets of Paris where the poetic and wistful images of the Blue Period were transformed into the daring experiments with form and structure that became known as Cubism.  It examines the ideas and hopes that he nurtured, the friends and influences he met along the way, the technical problems he overcame and the single minded determination that enabled him to break every rule of painting, alter the course of modern art and yet remain a classical painter in the long tradition of western art.

 Douglas Skeggs read Fine Art at Magdalene College Cambridge and has been a lecturer on paintings since 1980. In that time he has given over 4000 lectures to universities, colleges and art societies. He was the Director of ‘The New Academy of Art Studies' for three years and is presently a regular lecturer at 'The Study Centre', 'Christie's' course 'The History of Art Studies' and other London courses. Among his more improbable venues for lectures are the bar on the QE2, MI5 headquarters, the Captain's Room at Lloyds, and an aircraft hanger in a German NATO base. He has lectured in Belgium, France, Germany and Spain, and taken numerous tours around Europe. He is presently cultural adviser to Ultimate Travel.   He has written and presented various TV documentaries, notably the Omnibus programme on 'Whistler' and the exhibition video on 'William Morris.' Three one-man exhibitions of his paintings have been held in England and Switzerland.