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Our March 2020 lecture is free to attend if you would like to get a taste of what we have to offer. We look forward to welcoming you.
Monday 27 January 2020

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John Singer Sargent - A Life Through Pictures

Sargent’s life is full of movement – born in Italy, he studied in Paris, painted portraits in London, produced oils and watercolours in Venice, was a First World War artist.

He spent the later years of his life painting murals in Boston. This lecture looks in depth at his amazing portraits analysing just how he captured the character of his sitters and looking back to Van Dyck and Gainsborough. It looks in detail at his Venetian oils and sparkling watercolours and outline the Anglo-American society in the Palazzo Barbaro that he frequented while in Venice. Looking at his paintings done in the Alps with his friends while travelling down to Venice, and show his wartime watercolours. This is a sparkling lecture full of colour which shows that Sargent is a master in both oils and watercolours, as well as being a charming, musical and cosmopolitan man.

Julian Halsby

Studied History of Art at Cambridge. Formerly Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at Croydon College of Art.

Publications include Venice - the Artist's Vision (1990, 1995), The Art of Diana Armfield RA (1995), Dictionary of Scottish Painters (1990, 1998, 2001, 4th edition 2010), A Hand to Obey the Demon's Eye (2000), Scottish Watercolours 1740-1940 (1986, 1991),

Interviews artists for the Artist Magazine and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and The Critics Circle.

A practising artist, he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1994 and appointed Keeper in 2010.