New Class: History of Art in Wales from the Renaissance to the Present (1500 – 2017)

History of Art in Wales from the Renaissance to the Present (1500 – 2017)

Dates:     Tuesdays,  2 – 4 pm, from 3 October 2017

10 sessions       Cost: £30

Venue:     Swansea Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3RD


To book, contact Tutor Richard Lewis  07713 186920.

This course should appeal to all with an interest in the Art which is linked to Wales. It will involve a chronological investigation, emphasising the richness and diversity of our visual culture. This vibrant artistic and architectural heritage will be studied within the historical context of the times, and will cover a range of works from the Renaissance to the present day. Themes such as patronage, the influence of artisan artists, the growing National awareness, and the effects of industrialisation will be covered, as well as much else. Particular prominence will be given to key artists and artistic movements. We hope to link the lectures to a number of visits, so that the Art will be more fully appreciated.

A Cultural Awakening. A Welsh Renaissance. 1490s – 1640
War and Reconstruction: 1640s to the Georgians.


The Idea of Landscape
Topographical views, visiting artists, early Industrial scenes.
Richard Wilson and British Landscape Art
Italian influences – Wilson, Thomas Jones and Penry Williams

Artists and the Middle Class. Piety and Portraiture.
New patrons, intellectual trends.

The Idea of Wales: 1820s – 1900
Llanover Hall Circle, the Eisteddfod movement,
Betws-y-Coed colony, Cornwallis West.
A new generation of landscape painters. Clarence Whaite,
David Cox, and others. Charles Mansel Lewis and Herkomer.

07.11.17 (no session  on 31.10 )
Significance of Cardiff: 1860 – 1914
Bute and Burges – the Pre Raphaelite Gothic. Civic celebration. The Davies sisters. Cardiff School of Painters.

Art and Industrialisation
A social awareness. The political dimension: 1840 – 1914.
A Celtic Heritage. National reawakening.

The Swansea School of Art
Early Modernism: Gwen John, James Dickson Innes,
Evan Walters, Augustus John, Christopher Williams,
Frank Brangwyn, and others.
Welsh Art and the First World War.

The Inter War Years. Individual visions.
Ceri Richards, Cedric Morris, David Jones, Archie Griffiths, and Vincent Evans.
Welsh Art and the Depression.
Modernism in the 1930s.

War Art. Welsh Art and the British State.
Koppel, Herman and Zobole.
Post War Dynamism. A new wave of Modernism.
Brenda Chamberlain, John Elwyn, Kyffin Williams and others.

Modernism: the 56 Group Wales.
Contemporary Welsh Art


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Course flyer Oct 2017


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