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Lecture: Georges Seurat and Paul Cezanne

9th February 2016

2.00pm

Hartford Methodist Church Hall
Beach Road
Hartford
Northwich
Cheshire
CW8 3AD

£5.00

Accepted by many as the most influential of all the Post Impressionists, Paul Cezanne today enjoys an unassailable reputation with critic and public alike, as the father of Cubism, and, thereby, 20th Century Art. Not so in his own day, as success came very late to the most famous ‘miserablist’ in art (with the possible exception of Morrissey. Cezanne is famed for his dedication, his singleness of purpose, and his relentless pursuit of a style which is less a conscious style than a method, capable of ‘making over Poussin from Nature’ – of creating an ‘architectonic’ approach to painting which would give weight, structure and 3D form to the flat surface of a canvas and the veils of colour attached to it.

 

We look at his life (angry and frustrated), his influences (Neo-Classicism, Realism, Impressionism, Japanese Art) and his considerable legacy (Picasso, Braque, and virtually everyone else), and try to find the man behind the misanthrope.

 

Georges Seurat, on the other hand, might appear decorative and insubstantial by comparison, in his use of ‘pointillisme’ and its pretty colour effects. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, as his pictures are based on modern colour theory and a rigorous methodology (involving application and endless hard work ), in pursuit of a new and more accurate way of recording the sensations of movement and nuances of colour to be found in the modern, urban, world.

 

We look at his great masterpieces - ‘Sunday Afternoon on the Grande Jatte’, ‘The Models’,’Parade’, ‘Bathing at Asnieres’, as well as his method, his followers and his short but brilliant life.

 

2.00pm - £5.00 including refreshments.

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