The work of European women artists, and American art will be in the spotlight next month.
The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Shoalhaven will host guest lecturer Bernard Allan, an independent art history tutor who specialises in the work of European women artists and American Art.
On Thursday evening, May 2, from 7.30pm, Bernard will present Laura Knight: From Newlyn to Nuremberg.
From a relatively humble background, Laura progressed to be one of Britain's best-known artists and the first female Royal Academician since the 18th century. Her joie de vivre surfaces in her art.
She is known for her paintings of sunny beaches, the circus, gypsy encampments, ballet and theatre, and for her famous depiction of the Nuremberg Trials of 1946.
On the morning of Friday, May 3 two lectures will be held from 10am. 'Americans Abroad: James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent' - two of the most successful American artists of the late 19th century will be in the spotlight.
Whistler produced sophisticated etchings and oil paintings that bring Victorian London to life, whilst his Nocturnes evoke an atmosphere and mood; creating a new art form in the process. Sargent executed figure studies and dazzling landscapes inspired by his many travels.
The second topic will be 'Women Artists: Their Challenges, Ambitions and Achievements' and examines how the earliest practising female artists were confined to convents and little is known of their lives.
Even in the 20th century, the obstacles facing female artists were many and significant.
This lecture focuses on women whose passion for painting enabled them to surmount hurdles of the male-dominated art world.
Both lectures will be held at the Berry Uniting Church Hall. Cost for Thursday's lecture is $25 at the door, or included in memberships. A light supper with wine will be served.
Friday's lectures are $35 for members or $40 for visitors. Morning tea is served between lectures.
To book EFT payment to BSB: 082-435 ACC No: 50503 5938 and email firstname.lastname@example.org, notifying of your intention to attend.
For more information email email@example.com or head to ADFAS' website.