The lectures have been a great success. There is obviously an interest in the relation between Oriental painting and Western painting. The development and the look of paintings in China and Japan, which was determined by indigenous perceptions of time and space, was catalytic in determining new directions in painting in Europe at the birth of 'Modernism'. However, it's interesting that visual ideas from the east served a very different purpose in the west from that which originally drove them.
A brief respite from lectures, I am now on to new paintings at the studio. Below is 'Gate' with gold pearlescent pigment activating the space and holding light.
Upcoming Lecture: Manet, Van Gogh and Japan. March 16th, 10.30am. Church House, St. Philips and St. James Church, 60 Painswick Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham. GL50 2DL.
Japanese art had an enormous impact on the way painting developed in the latter half of the 19th century. In this lecture we look at how Japanese art was catalytic in new perceptions of space, composition, colour, form and mark and how its profound influence on the direction of painting at this time.