Lectures at the Lit & Phil
These talks are organised by the Lit & Phil (you don't need to be a member in order to attend any of their public events), and tickets cost £4 per talk, from the Lit & Phil Library, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE, in person or over the phone (0191) 232 0192. It is advisable to book seats in advance; if you reserve a ticket and are subsequently unable to attend, please let us know as we often have a waiting list.
Meanwhile, Gail-Nina continues her series of triads of art lectures. As with her previous sets of three talks examining different aspects of a movement or theme in art, each one stands alone as an independent lecture, so don't worry if you can only attend one or two.
The Four Seasons in Art
Exceptionally, not a triad but a quartet, and on Monday not Wednesday!
- Monday April 9th, 6.00 pm
- Botticelli's mysterious and evocative Primavera may spring to mind, but the season of rebirth and sunny showers has been symbolised and represented in many ways. From the American Realism of George Bellows to the Pre-Raphaelite symbolism of Frederick Sandys, from Millais' moody maidens to the energetic agricultural activity of Mediaeval calendars, Spring calls up ideas of new growth, often tinged with the fragility of hope.
- Monday April 16th, 6.00 pm
- Sunshine and warmth, days at the seaside, working through the heat or cooling in the shade - in art, Summer is the season of contrasts, sultry or sweaty. The goddess of the season proffers her abundance of flowers and fruit, while in an Impressionist vision of leisure the garden is in full bloom, light bounces off the water and colours are brilliant. This talk tracks the imagery of the season from the Limbourg illuminators and stained glass windows to Monet and Nash.
- Monday April 23rd, 6.00 pm
- Mellow fruitfulness isn't the only key-note here, as autumn foliage introduces a whole new colour-range plus a note of melancholy. Millais' Autumn Leaves embodies the sentiment of the season, but artists such as Archimboldo, Renoir, Pissarro and the Symbolists have all responded to the grape-clustered, russet-leaved beauties of the season. Crops are gathered, larders stocked and fires banked against the coming darkness.
- Monday April 30th, 6.00 pm
- Bruegel's snow scenes and the winter landscapes of the Dutch school give us a vision of the season, white-draped but bustling with human activity. Mediaeval illustrations may stress keeping warm and staying indoors, but later artists saw a splendour in frosty desolation and moonlight on snow. Winter is a shivering figure, a slushy lane, a game in the snow or a feast indoors, while Christmas imagery adds a symbolic resonance to the range of visualisations.
June's lectures will look at three women artists - details to follow, but mark your diaries now for Mondays 4th, 11th and 18th June.