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Events | Still Life in Art Study Day at Barnsley House

  • Location: Barnsley House, Barnsley, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 5EE
  • Date: 16.09.18 | 10:00am – 4:00pm (See timings below)
  • Cost: £55 to include morning coffee & biscuits, a light lunch and tea plus tutoring for the day (parking available)
  • Book Now: Contact Katie Nelson on 07720775087
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Dubbed the ‘Cinderella of subject matter’ still lifes can stand as expressions of patriotic rather than personal pride in a newly independent and prosperous nation such as Holland during the Dutch Golden Age. Due to the increased interest in botany, horticulture and the phenomenon of ‘tulip mania’, still life painting first germinated in the Netherlands during the early 1600s, before fully flowering in the late eighteenth century. On the other hand, such still lifes have been identified as vanitas pieces, so-called ‘moral compasses’ designed to remind the viewer of the ephemeral nature of earthly possessions. The notion of painting inanimate objects changes through the ages as a reflection of society, from the rhopography of the Spanish bodegónes to ‘visions of plenty’ as an exaggeration of wealth in elaborate banquet scenes. Furthermore, Picasso pioneered Cubism as a new visual language for the café culture of the Parisian avant-garde.

Timings for the day:

09:30 Arrival

10:00 – 11:15 Session 1

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee & biscuits

11:45 – 13:00 Session 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (light lunch is provided)

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3

Contact Rachel Chadwick at Barnsley House for venue-specific enquiries: rachel.chadwick@barnsleyhouse.com