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25 October 2018Painters in Paradise: Visions of French Indochina
20 September 2018The Secret Language of Sacred Places: Religious Architecture of the World
26 July 2018The Visual Feast of Raoul Dufy
28 June 2018Tapestries: The ultimate wall decoration
24 May 2018Medieval Illuminated Books of Hours
26 April 2018The History of the Harp - from Mediterranean Antiquity to C20th Europe
22 March 2018Colour
22 February 2018Urban Noir: Edward Hopper's “Nighthawks”
25 January 2018Hidden Canvases - Street Art and the City
23 November 2017Getting under their Skins - Finding character and story in Renaissance art
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28 September 2017The Partnership of Gertrude Jekyll with Edwin Lutyens
27 July 2017Peter the Great of Russia: building St Petersburg
22 June 2017The Challenge of Cubism and its legacy on twentieth century art
25 May 2017Germany's post-WW2 culture of memorials and counter-memorials
27 April 2017Tintoretto and the Scuola di San Rocco
16 March 2017‘Mars and the Muses’: The Renaissance Art of Armour
23 February 2017The Consolation of Movement -- The Sculpture of Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin (Lecture sponsored by Clifton Ingram Solicitors)
26 January 2017The Legendary Lee Miller
24 November 2016Life and Art in Georgian Dublin
27 October 2016Who Says? Can We Trust the Expert on Good and Bad Art? (Lecture sponsored by Clifton Ingram Solicitors)
22 September 2016Early Flemish Painting and the Discovery of Oils
28 July 2016Thomas Heatherwick -- the modern Leonardo?
23 June 2016Tibet and the Roof of the World
26 May 2016Picasso and his Women
28 April 2016Paintings inspired by music, Music inspired by paintings
24 March 2016From Leonardo to You
25 February 2016The New Ashmolean
28 January 2016The formation of an English art style -- Hogarth and the St Martin's Lane Academy
26 November 2015Carl and Karin Larsson and the IKEA Effect
22 October 2015The Gate of Heroes -- on the China Trail
24 September 2015Aboriginal Art
23 July 2015Satirist to Insanity: celebrating the life and works of James Gillray (1756-1815)
25 June 2015Faber and Faber
28 May 2015The London Skyline
23 April 2015Italian Mosaics, Pompeii, Rome, Ravenna, Sicily, and Venice
26 March 2015Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
26 February 2015Art of the First World War
22 January 2015William Morris, Philip Webb, and the Founding of the Building Conservation Movement
27 November 2014Joys of Impressionism
23 October 2014The Shakers of North America
25 September 2014Treasures of the Royal Collection
22 May 2014Introductory Free Meeting! From Egg to Bacon: British Painting 1850-1950

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Painters in Paradise: Visions of French Indochina Denise Heywood Thursday 25 October 2018

Old Saigon, elegant Hanoi, mystical Ha Long Bay ... these places captivated French artists of the 19th century colonial regime in Vietnam where they taught painting at the School of Fine Arts. Their sensual portraits and exotic landscapes evoked an idyllic world of gracious people with rich artistic traditions harking back to ancient civilisations. Imbuing their students with Western ideas, artists such as Alix Aymé, who revived lustrous lacquer work and silk painting, and Victor Tardieu, a pupil of Matisse, formed a generation of Vietnamese painters whose creative expression fused Eastern imagery with Paris Modernism. This lecture shows the historic background of Indochina, of ancient Hindu temples, Buddhist pagodas and Chinese style palaces, that was transformed by the addition of French architecture and culture. A new aesthetic emerged, depicted by French artists as paradisiacal and romantic, reflecting an era and a way of life that would vanish with war.

Denise Heywood is an art historian, author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. She worked in Cambodia in the 1990s and has been a scholar of Southeast Asian art ever since. Her books include one on the Buddhist temples of Laos, Ancient Luang Prabang and Laos, and Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods, with a foreword by the daughter of King Sihanouk. She lectures for the Art Fund, the School of Oriental and African Studies on their post graduate Asian Art Course and for Madingley Hall (University of Cambridge) as well as for organisations such as the British Museum, the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. She has lectured worldwide for universities, museums, colleges, art institutions. She has led cultural tours to Southeast Asia and France for the Royal Academy, the Art Fund, Asia House.  She is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the UK, Asia House and the Royal Geographical Society.