Art Film & Conversation

Tuesday, October 29
1:00 – 3:00 PM
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Classicism, Romanticism, Impressionism with Sister Wendy

Session 4 of 5

Sister Wendy

This one is a whirlwind tour.  It begins  in England with Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 1792) for portraits, George Stubbs (1724 – 1806) for horses, and Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) for portraits and landscapes.  Then on to France for pre –revolutionary Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 – 1721) and Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (1699 -1779), followed by classicists Jacques Louis David (1748 – 1825) and Jean-August-Dominique Ingres (1780 – 1867).  

The story returns to England for two artists who inspired Impressionism, John Constable (1776 – 1837), and J. M. W. Turner (1785 – 1851).  In 1870 Monet and Pissarro fled the Franco-Prussian war and discovered the work of Constable and Turner.  Then Sister Wendy talks about the Romantic artists Theodore Gericault (1791 – 1824) and Eugene Delacroix (1798 – 1863).  This is followed by the Romantic Spanish artist, Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828) whose successful career was interrupted by an undiagnosed illness that left him deaf after 1793, when his work became psychologically dark.

Return to France after 1870 when Impressionism was developed somewhat by Edouard Manet (1832 – 1883), and in full flower by Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) and Pierre Auguste Renoir (18841 – 1919).  Two women are included, Berthe Morisot (1841 -1895), and the American, Mary Cassatt (1844 – 1926).  Sister Wendy concludes with two Post-Impressionists, Georges Seurat (1859 – 1891) and Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890). Join   Jack Brin for today’s film and conversation about  art in the community room.  Jack Brin is an arts and music enthusiast and a former mathematics professor at Western New England College.  

This fall “Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting” will be shown in five sessions .  Sister Wendy Beckett (1930 – 2018) was born in South Africa.  Her family moved to the U. K. early in her life.  As an adult she attended Oxford University, graduating with honors and a degree in English.  She returned to South Africa, where she taught for 15 years.  She developed a consuming interest in art from books and museum postcards.  That was her only training.  Her personal approach to each painting brought her to the attention of the BBC, and, in 1992 she became an unlikely TV star.  The “Story of Painting” was created in 1997, and in that year some of her programs became available to PBS.  Each program runs about 51 minutes.

Registration is appreciated.