Activity Group:

Art History


We choose a different artist or theme as the topic each month. Using DVDs, books, online content and discussion, the group explore the life and works of artists from across the world. Suitable for anyone who enjoys looking at and finding out about great art.

Where and when

We meet at 10am to 12 noon on the first Monday of the month in the Ashley Room at the Congregational Church.

Other information

There is a small charge for room hire.

Contact details

Angela Deane 01858 431111    email:


Art History May2024

In May, we took a pictorial trip to the beach with members choosing paintings on the theme of ‘At the Seaside’.  This subject was especially popular with the Impressionist painters as they were able to take their tubes of oil paints and portable easels out into the open air. Here is a small selection of … Read more

Art History – March 2024

In March we watched ‘The Story of Women and Art’,a DVD about the life and work of some of the women artists from the Italian Renaissance and the 17th century Dutch Republic.  The artists included Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lavinia Fontana and Clara Peeters. We were then able to share and discuss the information we … Read more

Art History April 2023 Report

In April, the group enjoyed discovering the 11 paintings of sunflowers that Van Gogh created between 1887 and 1889. The paintings can be seen in various galleries around the world but one was destroyed in WW11 and another is in a private collection.   The picture shows Sunflowers, repetition of the 4th version, August 1889. Van … Read more

Art History – March 2023

In February, the Art History group held their first meeting of the year and welcomed some new members.  We watched a DVD, ‘Turner at Tate’ which featured the vast collection of artworks held by the gallery along with some expert commentary.  Afterwards we shared facts and observations about the artist and his work. Joseph Mallord … Read more

Art History – December 2022

This jolly festive scene was painted in 1900 by Henry Reynolds Steer. It is titled ‘Christmas Eve, Highcross Market, Leicester, 16th Century’.  It shows the High Cross with the City’s Waites, or official musicians, playing carols in the foreground. The High Cross was built in 1577 to provide shelter for traders and consisted of eight … Read more

Art History – October 2022

This most famous statue was created between 1501 and 1504.  It is 14 ft high and represents the Biblical hero David.  It was originally commissioned to be one of a series of large statues to be positioned high up on the outside of the Cathedral of Florence.  The unusually large head and imposing right hand … Read more

Art History – September 2022

Our painting this month is ‘The Night Watch’ by Rembrandt.  Painted in oil in 1642, the title is rather misleading because the scene is not a military watch and is not set at night.  The correct, rather less catchy, title is The Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenhurch. The mistake … Read more

Art History – May report & July’s meeting

In May, group members selected paintings on the theme on Trees, Forests and Woods and each gave a short presentation on their choice.  We viewed 11 works in all and this proved a popular way of learning about a variety of artists and styles of painting. The picture shown is ‘Forest’ by Paul Cezanne, painted … Read more

Art History

At our May meeting we look at a variety of paintings of trees, all chosen by members of the group.  I will write more next time but I have included one of my favourites – Orchard with Flowering Trees by Camille Pissarro.  Painted in 1877, it is on show at the Ashmolean Gallery in Oxford, … Read more

Art History – April 2022

Our next meeting is on 2nd May when we will look at a variety of paintings on the theme of ‘Trees, Woods and Forests’.  Trees have inspired artists for centuries and I look forward to an interesting selection chosen by members of the group. Angela Deane. Olive Trees – Vincent van Gogh