The next Day of Special Interest will be on Friday 22nd October 2021 and will have three lectures on Pre-Raphaelite painters. It will be held at The Warwickshire Country Club, Leek Wootton, CV35 7QT.
The presenter will be Mr. Julian Halsby, MA RBA FRSA. Julian studied History of Art at Emmanuel College Cambridge and had a career in lecturing and writing, working as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department.
The Pre-Raphaelites were young, revolutionary artists who defied the traditions of the Royal Academy and produced highly original and innovative works from 1848 until the 1880’s.
The study day will start by looking at the origins of the movement and the battles for recognition from 1848 to 1860, moving on to examine the wonderful Pre-Raphaelite landscapes, amongst the finest landscapes of the 19th century. The young Pre-Raphaelites were also social rebels rejecting Victorian morality and associating with girls whom their parents considered to be below their social standing. The day will continue by examining the loves and scandals surrounding these artists. What is less well known is that their paintings often comment on social evils of the time – prostitution, vagrancy, poverty and the Scottish clearances.
After lunch (which is included in the ticket price), Julian will look at the later Pre-Raphaelites and their influence in Europe, as well as examining Pre-Raphaelite design led by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones which became the famous Arts and Crafts Movement.