Lectures & Courses on Art History

 September Course: Art History Revealed

This course does not start until September 2018 and it will be based on my personal view of recent exhibitions interspersed with subjects that have attracted my attention during the spring and summer of 2018. The exhibitions and topics covered are subject to change but not the dates.

Held at: The White House, 45 The Avenue, Hampton TW12 3RN
(free parking, café on site)
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe
  • Part 1: Wednesday 26 September 2018 – 5 December 2018 (10 classes with a half-term break the week of 22 October)
  • Part 2: Wednesday 9 January 2019 – 13 March 2019 (10 classes with no half-term break)
Time: 10:45-12:45 (with a 15 min coffee break)
Fee: £70 for 10 classes (paid by cheque at the first or second class). Note that all fees, less the hall hire, are donated to charity
Description: Twenty talks on a varied mix of artists and themes. Sixteen of the talks are based on exhibitions held during 2018 as listed below. They are interspersed with some topics I found personally interesting during the year. Note that I do not aim to present the whole of each exhibition but give a personal view of the works shown.  For example, there are over 100 works displayed at the exhibition at the Royal Academy of ‘Charles I: King and Collector’. This is far too many to cover in my two-hour talk and so I select about 25 works that illustrate how Charles I’s love of collecting developed and how he acquired his most important works. This means I can spent several minutes talking about each picture in order to provide a better appreciation of the significance of the work in the context of the period and his life. Also, some of the exhibitions will start after I have prepared my talks and so those talks will be a personal view inspired by the title.

The talks are designed to be both informative and entertaining and my style is to lecture rather than set up discussion groups, although questions are welcome. No prior knowledge of art history is required and the level is similar to a BBC art history documentary although I squeeze in more anecdotes and background facts and I am never afraid to provide dates and names. Expect information rather than opinion and art history rather than art appreciation.

I like to limit the class size to about twenty people so let me know well in advance by emailing me on art@shafe.uk and I will reserve a place.

Lecture Programme of Two 10-week Terms

  1. Impressionism in London
  2. The Short Life of Amedeo Modigliani
  3. The Gothic Revival
  4. Charles I: King and Collector
  5. A Century of Painting Life
  6. The Art of Victorian Photography
  7. Picasso 1932
  8. Monet and Architecture
  9. The Invention of Antiquity
  10. Rodin and Ancient Greece
  11. Aftermath WWI Art
  12. The Summer Exhibition
  13. Mantegna and Bellini
  14. Burne-Jones
  15. Klimt and Schiele
  16. Lorenzo Lotto
  17. The Turner Prize
  18. Gainsborough Family Album
  19. Van Gogh and Britain
  20. Michelangelo and Leonardo

Exhibitions Covered

  • Impressionism in London, Tate Britain, 2 November 2017 – 7 May 2018
  • Modigliani, Tate Modern, 23 November 2017 – 2 April 2018
  • Charles I: King and Collector, Royal Academy, 27 January — 15 April 2018
  • All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a century of painting life, Tate Britain, 28 February – 27 August 2018
  • Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography, National Portrait Gallery, 1 March – 20 May 2018
  • Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, Tate Modern, March 8 to September 9, 2018
  • Monet & Architecture, National Gallery, 9 April – 29 July 2018
  • Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece, British Museum, 26 April – 29 July 2018
  • Aftermath Art in the Wake of World War One, Tate Britain, 5 June – 16 September 2018
  • The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, 12 June 2018 – 19 August 2018
  • Mantegna and Bellini, National Gallery 1 October 2018 – 27 January 2019
  • Burne-Jones, Tate Britain, 24 October 2018 – 24 February 2019
  • Klimt/Schiele, Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna, Royal Academy, 4 November 2018 – 3 February 2019
  • Lorenzo Lotto Portraits, 5 November 2018 – 10 February 2019
  • Gainsborough’s Family Album, National Portrait Gallery, 22 November 2018 – 3 February 2019
  • Vincent van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain, March 2019.

Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association

July Lecture: The Art of Victorian Photography

Is photography art? We shall see how this question was answered when photography was first invented. Tickets can be purchased here www.ticketsource.co.uk

Held at: Riverside Arts Centre (Main Hall), 57-59 Thames St,
Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5QF
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe
Date: Wednesday, 18th July 2018
Time: 20:00-21:45 (with a 20 min coffee break)
Price: £12.00 + £1 booking fee
Description: The invention and blossoming of photography coincided with the Victorian era and photography had an enormous influence on how Victorians saw the world. We will see how photography developed and how it raised issues concerning its role and purpose and questions about whether it was an art.

The photographic revolution put portrait painters out of business and created a new form of portraiture. Many photographers tried various methods and techniques to show it was an art in its own right. It changed the way we see the world and brought the inaccessible, exotic and erotic into the home. It enabled historic events, famous people and exotic places to be seen for the first time and the century ended with the first moving images which ushered in a whole new form of entertainment.

The talk is complementary to the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography’ at the National Portrait Gallery from 1 March to 20 May 2018.

Lecture Notes: The Art of Victorian Photography