History in Art

The next series of History in Art classes, examining fabulous works of visual art that present historical themes in concrete form, and imbue the people who have moved history with a character that no narrative can provide!

History in Art

Take a reality lesson through art, as historian David examines fabulous works of visual art that present historical themes. This is a history course rather than an art history course but art is very much at its centre.

We will look at how the conservative art establishment's dominance of painting in France in the early 19th century was challenged by certain artists who explored new styles like Realism and Impressionism, focusing much more on modern life and in doing so making art more accessible to ordinary people. We'll also look at the Pre-Raphaelites in England, who rebelled against the demands of academic art, particularly the reverence accorded to the Renaissance master, Raphael. He was held up as the exemplar for all artists to follow in many countries of Europe. The stand taken by these revolutionary artists allowed more experimentation towards the end of the century, with Cezanne, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Braque and Picasso really pushing the boundaries of visual art. We’ll look at the lives and work of these artists and how they sometimes struggled to be accepted.


9 Nov 2022 Georges De La Tour 2 November 2022 Paul Gauguin 7 September 2022 Louis Anquetin (1) 14 September 2022 Corot (2) 21 September 2022 François Boucher (1) 28 Sept, Oct 5 & 12 Morisot, Bracquemond, Cassatt 3 August 2022 Delacroix 10 August 2022 Zinaida Serebriakova 17 August 2022 Edward Burra 24 August 2022 Caspar David Friedrich 31 August 2022 Sir William Orpen 6 July 2022 Ilya Repin 13 July 2022 Pisanello 20 July 2022 Joaquin Sorolla 27 July 2022 Bartholomeus Van Der Helst 8 June 2022 Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun 15 June 2022 John Singer Sargent 22 June 2022 Childe Hassam 1 June 2022 Anders Zorn 11 May 2022 Prussian Monarchs

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Visual Arts

Benefits of engaging in visual arts include:

  • Self-expression 
  • Self-discovery
  • Benefit relationships
  • Social cohesion
  • Sense of achievement
  • Mental health
  • Improving wellbeing
  • Maintaining cognition.

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Lifelong Learning

Benefits of lifelong learning include:

  • Enhancing psychological wellbeing
  • Increasing autonomy and efficacy
  • Enhancing quality of life
  • Increasing social inclusion
  • Enhancing social cohesion
  • Increasing independence
  • Increasing emotional health
  • Improving sense of wellbeing 
  • Increasing coping skills
  • Improving cognition.
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David Price
David Price BA, MA is a writer, editor and lecturer in History for adult education. David aims to make history interesting (not like it was in school!), using great paintings and musicals to highlight historical period, issues and events. David is the author of Cancan!, a history of the dance, he has written several magazine articles, and often edits books on art.
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