British Artists between the Wars
This series of 5 lectures by Prof Maria Chester, which takes place weekly on Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon, provides an introduction to cultural life in Britain between the Wars, with particular reference to developments in art and the lives of the artists.
The period between the First and Second World Wars was one of rich and varied creativity in Britain. Throughout the interwar period, British artists explored, questioned and rejected the requirement that to be truly modern was to break with the past. Many artists served in the armed forces during the War and experienced the full horror of the trenches on the front line. We shall study and discuss the work of British artists such as Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer, Laura Knight, Evelyn Dunbar but also we shall try to understand modernist writer Virginia Woolf as well as how architecture was in conflict between modernism, revival and nostalgia. British homes were getting used to the new rhythms and dances such as fox-trot and jazz. After WWI, women had the right to vote and were more visible.
Tuesday 19th February: THE MORBID AGE, THE ROARING TWENTIES
Tuesday 26th February: INTERWAR ARTISTS, WOMEN AT WAR
Tuesday 5th March: VIRGINIA WOOLF, THE JAZZ ERA
Tuesday 12th March: PAUL NASH, STANLEY SPENCER
Tuesday 19th March: ARCHITECTURE BETWEEN THE WARS
Tea and coffee will be served; all are welcome and no previous knowledge is assumed.