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Morgan Haigh’s ‘Lives of the Artists’ - 5 Art History Lectures

When: Sept 18th,25th Oct 2nd, 9th, 16th 2022 3:00 - 4:30pm Doors Open 2:30pm


£9 per Lecture

£40 discount ticket for full series

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Join Art Historian Morgan Haigh MA for his new series of lectures on the lives of the artists. Five lectures, each taking a different artist and telling the story of their life, work, historical context, and influence on the history of art. No previous knowledge of art history is required, come along and hear the stories of artists from throughout history, learn the hidden lives behind the famous canvases, and discover how to unlock the secrets of iconic works of art.

Presented, by experienced Art Historian Morgan Haigh MA of The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Morgan currently offers courses, talks, and art historical trips across South Wales including the Turner House Gallery, Penarth, and Insole Court, Llandaff. For several years he was a tour guide at Cardiff Castle and has guided tours at the National Gallery, Tate Gallery, National Gallery of Art Washington DC, and V&A. He recently appeared on the BBC’s ‘University Challenge.

In this series...

18th Sept - The Nine Lives of Pablo Picasso

The most famous artist since Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso was born in an age of horse-drawn carriages and gas lighting, he died after man had landed on the moon, jumbo jets crossed the skies, and the atomic age was at its height. In a lifetime that saw the fastest and most dramatic social and technological shifts, Picasso fundamentally changed the definition of art forever.

In this lecture, we will follow the development of Picasso through his ‘nine lives'. Nine periods of his life and career that saw his art adapt and change, swing from one style to another, respond to the dramatic events of his era and the twists and turns of his own complex personal life.

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the artist who came to define the twentieth century, and still today causes heated discussion and debate, then this is the lecture for you!

25th Sept - William Hogarth: A Painter's Progress

When the great hero of Italian unification, Giuseppe Garibaldi, passed the grave of William Hogarth on a visit to London he was heard to whisper ‘il pittore del populo’, the painter of the people. Even two centuries after his death, the reputation of this short, working-class, gruff English artist was known across Europe as a man who captured all aspects of human life and observed the people of his time better than anybody else.

From his humble origins in the slums of seventeenth-century London, to his death as ‘Serjeant Painter to the King’ and toast of the art establishment, Hogarth’s gradual rise through the ranks of eighteenth-century society saw him rub shoulders with Fielding, Handel, Johnson, Garrick, Pope, Gainsborough, and others in the pantheon of English cultural history, as well as capturing, in vivid paintings and prints, the lives of the poor, the destitute, the criminal, and the corrupt as they had never been illustrated before. He helped to found great charitable and artistic institutions, supporting and providing for the Foundling Hospital for orphaned street children as well as laying the foundations for what would become the Royal Academy of Art.

Giving English art its own identity for the first time, Hogarth’s images defined a period as bright, hectic, dirty, and exciting as any in British history. This lecture will tell the story of his progress from pauper to Painter of the People.

2nd Oct - Georgia O'Keeffe: 'A Woman on Paper'

When the American art impresario Alfred Steiglitz first saw early drawings by Georgia O’Keeffe he declared, ‘finally, a woman on paper!’ In the years to follow, O’Keeffe would battle with the received dogma of the art schools and galleries to establish herself as the mother of American modern art. A tenacious artist with a deep sense of her own personal style, she produced works in charcoal, watercolour, oils, and print that all contain something of the American experience, images of the urban metropolis and the vast untouched landscapes of the wild west.

This lecture will tell the story of O’Keeffe’s life, the development of her art, and the influence she would have on the American art world. By placing her in the wider context of American Art in the Twentieth Century, we will see how far it could be said that Georgia O’keeffe was America’s greatest painter.

9th Oct - Édouard Manet: The Painter of Modern Life

Any history of modern art almost always, rightly or wrongly, traces its origins back to Édouard Manet. Whether or not he can be credited with such a title, he is doubtlessly one of the most important cultural figures of the last two hundred years, shocking the nineteenth-century art establishment out of its complacency, through his innovations in style and subject Manet opened the door to a revolution in painting.

For the first time, the modern city and its real inhabitants appears on the walls of Parisian galleries, critics were confounded by thinly veiled allusions to the unsightly vices and social isolation of urban living, as well as direct attacks on the stuffy rules and hierarchies of the academies and the Salon. Telling the story of his life, times, city, and friends, this lecture will explore Manet’s extraordinary impact and closely examine his greatest works to discover what made him so new and so different.

16th Oct - Paul Nash: Haunted Landscapes

Throughout a career bookended by two world wars, Paul Nash always turned to the landscape for solace and inspiration. From boyhood cycles in the fields of Berkshire, through the boggy shell holes of the western front, to the surreal landscapes of the English coast, and the mysteries of ancient monuments, Nash found his inner state of emotion and feeling reflected on the world around him and captured it in paint. One of a precocious generation of young British painters, Nash and his contemporaries came through their baptism of fire in the trenches to develop a uniquely British modern art, based ironically on a deep sense of the past and the layered history of these islands.

In the final lecture of this ‘lives of the artists’ series, art historian Morgan Haigh MA will follow Nash from his earliest childhood drawings to his grand final works that show dogfights over Kent coast as well as eternal and ancient patterns in the landscape. We will see how the First World War shaped a generation of young artists and the connections that grew between Britain and the currents of European modernism.

All on Sundays, 3:00- 4:30pm,

Carriage House Hall, Insole Court,

Llandaff, Cardiff.

£9.00 per lecture

£40 discounted ticket for the full series

For more information email: [email protected]

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