Art History in the Pub Bristol

November 26, 2018

Venue: The White Bear, 113 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol, BS2 8BS

Date and time: Monday 26 November, 7-8.30pm

Talk: ‘Soothing or Stimulating? A Brief History of Visual Arts and Colour in NHS Hospitals’

Speaker:Victoria Bates

This month’s Art History in the Pub speaker is art historian Jan D. Cox, who researches 19th-century Scandinavian art. He has published extensively on the Danish ‘Golden Age’, including the catalogue ‘Romanticism in the North: From Friedrich to Turner’ and a guide to the collection of the Ribe Kunstmuseum.

A key artist from this ‘Golden Age’ period is Thomas Fearnley, the Norwegian-born grandson of a merchant from Heckmondwike. He joined the group of Danish students in Copenhagen, and later studied in Dresden (where he met Friedrich) and Munich. This talk concentrates on Fearnley’s years in Italy from 1832-35, where he socialised with Hans Christian Andersen, Norwegian violinist Ole Bull, and British artist Charles West Cope. He made several paintings documenting his efforts to woo a wealthy heiress from Taunton.

Art History in the Pub is a series of informal talks that take place around the UK. They reflect our shared commitment to bringing interesting (and often local) art history and visual culture to a wider public community. Talks last for about 30 minutes, with a break for getting extra drinks, followed by general discussion.

Image: Thomas Fearnley, A Terrace in Amalfi in Moonlight, 1834, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo.