News

Titian – The First Modern Artist – A Talk by Douglas Skeggs on 1st April

Titian - The First Modern Artist  - A Talk by Douglas Skeggs on 1st April
Often described as the first modern painter, Titian was completely different from any artist of his time and, as speaker Douglas Skeggs told the online audience of over 120 viewers, he was able to ‘put paint on a canvas like no artist before him’ leading him to have a very long and successful career. Titian was the most famous of all Venetian painters. Born in a ...
Read More

Virtual Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, 25th March 2021

Virtual Tour of  St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, 25th March 2021
In company with members from TAS Alton and TAS New Milton, we are in Rome with Stuart Harvey, an accredited Rome guide, about 200 yards from the Basilica. Here, we are still on Italian soil but as we walk further along and into the Piazza we cross over into the Vatican City State.  In front of us is the enormous St Peter’s which at 720 ...
Read More

‘Masters of the Sea’ Special Interest Morning, 16th March 2021

'Masters of the Sea'  Special Interest Morning, 16th March 2021
'Highlights of Maritime Art from the 16th Century'  and 'Dazzle, Disguise and Disruption' Dr James Taylor FRS visited The Arts Society via zoom to give two one hour talks on the above topics. About fifty members and visitors attended and the morning was very well received. The first hour  highlighted the numerous forms of painting and art from the 16th century until modern times. We ...
Read More

The Market For Antiques in the UK Today – or- Why No-one Wants To Buy Your Wardrobe Anymore – A Lecture on March 4th 2021

The Market For Antiques in the UK Today - or- Why No-one Wants To Buy Your Wardrobe Anymore - A Lecture on March 4th 2021
Matthew Denney gave an interesting and informative talk on Zoom this month. Matthew is an auctioneer, writer and lecturer. His talk, “The market For Antiques in the UK Today – or - Why no one wants to buy your wardrobe anymore!” opened our eyes to the constantly changing value of antiques and collectables. Matthew started by comparing the size of a room in an Edwardian ...
Read More

Virtual Tour of York – 24 February 2021

Virtual Tour of York - 24 February 2021
Sarah, our guide, set the scene by reminding us of York’s location half way between London and Edinburgh  at the confluence of  two rivers, the Ouse and the Fosse, making it a natural choice for a major Roman Settlement.  It could also be reached from the sea via the Humber estuary thereby avoiding difficult and dangerous overland travel in bygone days from the two capitals.  ...
Read More

William Hogarth – 1697-1764 by Linda Smith

William Hogarth - 1697-1764  by  Linda Smith
Hogarth is nowadays mostly remembered as a talented satirist, but there is much more to him than that. He was extremely ambitious in other artistic fields, including portraiture, “history painting”, and art theory. He was also a tireless self-promoter and entrepreneur, with a real and practical concern for the status of his profession. This talk tracked his career from humble copper-plate engraver to successful painter, ...
Read More

Virtual Tour – London’s New East End – From Bangladesh to Banksy, 19 January 2021

Virtual Tour - London's New East End - From Bangladesh to Banksy, 19 January 2021
Joining forces once again with our sister Societies at Alton and New Milton, we enjoyed another tour with our Blue Badge guide, Pepe Martinez, who took us from the Whitechapel Gallery via Brick Lane to the Old Street Roundabout.  The Whitechapel Gallery, designed by Charles Harrison Townsend, was opened in 1901 to much surprise at its location in a poorer part of London.  But it ...
Read More

The Art of the Steal: Nazi Looting During WWII

The Art of the Steal: Nazi Looting During WWII
Shauna Isaac has been active in World War II art restitution for several years and has worked with families and government organisations to recover Nazi looted art. She also has a personal family interest in the subject. Her great aunt, Lea Bondi Jaray, had been pressured to hand over Egon Schiele’s ‘Portrait of Wally Neuzil’ to an art dealer during the war in exchange for being ...
Read More

Christmas Quiz – 15 December 2020

Christmas Quiz - 15 December 2020
On December 15th we held a Christmas Quiz on Zoom as we were unable to hold our usual Christmas lunch owing to Covid restrictions. People were asked to wear something red and to bring their own glass of wine to the Zoom Quiz. There were to be no prizes; just an evening of Christmas fun. The event started with carols playing as people logged onto ...
Read More

‘Dickens of a Christmas and ‘God Bless Us Everyone!’

‘Dickens of a Christmas and ‘God Bless Us Everyone!’
It is traditional for our December meeting to have a Christmas theme and this year's talk ‘Dickens of a Christmas and ‘God Bless Us Everyone!’ by the ever popular Bertie Pearce was no exception . With a BA (Honours) in Drama from Manchester University and having studied at the prestigious Ecole Internationale du Theatre Jaques Lecoq in Paris, Bertie has performed all over the world ...
Read More

Virtual Tour – London’s Old East End – 17th November 2020

Virtual Tour – London's Old East End – 17th November 2020
For this tour using Zoom technology, we were joined by members from the Arts Societies at Alton and New Milton, so that there was a combined audience of around 200. Pepe Martinez, a leading London Blue Badge Guide, took us on a virtual walking tour of the Old East End.  We started at Liverpool Street Station, just over the border from the City of  London, ...
Read More

Joaquin Sorolla: Painter of Light – Online lecture

Joaquin Sorolla: Painter of Light   - Online lecture
On what was a beautiful Autumn afternoon in Grayshott,  art historian and linguist Jacqueline Cockburn gave a much anticipated  talk  about Joaquin Sorolla,   from her home in Andalucia. Joaquin Sorolla appears barely known in this country, and yet was an extremely popular – and successful – painter in his day. Born in Valencia in 1863, he seems to have been influenced early in his ...
Read More