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Art talk: Winter Tales - Art of Snow and Winter

12 February 2024


A fascinating talk series with renowned art historian, John Francis. These talks aim to deepen your knowledge, develop your understanding and help you enjoy a greater appreciation of art.

10.30 - 12.00

£12 (£10 THG Friend). Special price of £60 for booking all 6 talks - please call 01404 45006 to book.

Beginning with the iconic 'Hunters in the Snow' by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, we will examine key UK and other European works depicting winter. John Ruskin, the writer and painter, was the first person to regard mountains as beautiful and god-like. German and Scandinavian artists saw the horror, terror and raw, cruel starkness of winter as well as its sublime possibilities. The painting of snow challenged such artists as Monet and the American artist, Hassan.

In the 20th century, the photography of Stieglitz, Brandt and Devon’s own James Ravilious captured the movement and temporal nature of winter weather in urban and rural environs.Over the centuries, art has served as a coping mechanism, helping us to come to terms with winter's awe, drama and power. 

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