History and Appreciation of Art

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Leader: Robert Sedgley

Deputy Leader: Mike Ponting

Email: History & Appreciation of Art

Telephone: 960 446 034

Meet at: CPC Oliva

Meeting Dates: First Monday of the month 

4.30pm to 6.30pm beginning October.

The Group Meetings will be divided into three sections:

''There really is no such thing as Art. Only artists''  -  G.H. Gombrich

''Bad artists copy, good artists steal'' - Picasso

''Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world'' - Einstein

1) A chronological survey of western art.

Eg, Pre historic and antique, Classical Greek and Roman, Medieval and Pre Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, High Renaissance and Venetian, Northern (Flemish and German), Post Renaissance (Mannerism, Baroque and Rococo), British Art, Eighteenth and Nineteenth century France etc. Impressionists and early development of modern art. 

This is an immense field so we will be taking only a brief glance at each period. The survey is treated in a very flexible manner so if members wish to spend more or less time on any specific period or artist this can be accommodated. There will inevitably be more gaps in the fabric than covering material. 

The meetings are very informal and members are encouraged to contribute their own views and opinions of what we are looking at.


We have now been running for four years and have come in our chronological survey up to the end of the Nineteenth Century, and are on the cusp of the revolution in the visual arts that we call Modernism. For new members who wish to acquire e background understanding of what went before I recommend reading the notes of previous meetings. These are complete from the Renaissance onwards, but I still have to do some of the earlier ones.

However, this is by no means compulsory - we are not an exam group!

2) Taking a theme from the period covered we compare how artists of other times or cultures have dealt with the topic. 

3) Members are invited to present a work from any time or place which interests/mystifies/attracts/repels them and would like to talk about, and get everyone else talking about. 

Meetings are at 4.30 on the first Monday of the month at the CPC



HAA Quiz .pdf

It can be printed off, or (possibly) text added in the answer boxes.

HAA Quiz answers.pdf

All are welcome; whether expert or not come and join in the conversation, find out more about the wonderful and surprising world of art

No meetings until further notice, if you wish to join or receive notices about the group please send a message through the contact above.

For illustrated notes of previous meetings, and timelines of artists throughout history,

scroll to the bottom of the page

30 photo(s) Updated on: 07 Mar 2020
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, The Laundress, 1884-88
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, Portrait of Vincent van Gogh, 1887
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, La Toilette, 1889
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, Equestrienne (At the Circus Fernando), 1888
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge, 1890
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge, La Goulue, 1891
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, Ambassadeurs – Aristide Bruant, 1892
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, La Goulue arriving at the Moulin Rouge, 1892
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril leaving the Moulin Rouge, c.1892
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge (Two Women Waltzing), 1892
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, Loîe Fuller 1893
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, The Medical Inspection at the Rue des Moulins Brothel, 1894
  • Toulouse-Lautrec Woman before a Mirror
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, Marcelle Lender Dancing the Bolero in "Chilpéric", 1895–96,
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, The Jockey, 1899, mix of lithograph, oil and watercolor on paper
  • Degas, Self Portrait 1855
  • Degas, Young Spartans Exercising, c. 1860–1862
  • Degas, The Bellelli Family, 1858–1867
  • Degas, The Orchestra at the Opera 1870
  • Degas, Place de la Concorde, 1875,
  • Degas, L'Absinthe, 1876
  • Degas, The Singer with the Glove, 1878
  • Degas, At the Races, 1877–1880
  • Degas, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen 1878-1881
  • Degas. Repasseuses (Washer Women) c1884-86
  • Degas, The Millinery Shop, 1885
  • Degas, The Tub, 1886
  • Degas, After the Bath, Woman Drying Her Back (1896) Photo by Degas
  • Degas, After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself, c. 1884–1886
  • Degas, After the Bath, Woman drying herself c1890

External Links

Moving Pictures is a BBC radio series of nine artworks. Explore them in high resolution and find links to other works.

Click the link below then click on episodes.


The Web Gallery of Art is a searchable database of European fine arts and architecture (3rd-19th centuries), currently containing over 48.000 reproductions. Artist biographies, commentaries, guided tours, period music, catalogue, free postcard and mobile services are provided.


Visual History is an educational site, in English, provided by the Toledo Museum. It provides an excellent grounding in the 'Art of seeing Art'


Analysis of Modern Paintings

1800 to 2000



Illustrated notes from previous meetings


NB. Some of the files take a little time to download. 

This is because they need to be large enough to carry pictures of sufficient resolution to be viewed in focus. Please be patient.

If you would like to join our group please send me an email.

Robert Sedgley

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