East Sussex Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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29 March 2017JMW Turner "...airy visions painted with tinted steam" by lecturer Valerie Woodgate replaces The Central Document of Turner's Art: The England and Wales Series due to illness
26 April 2017Sculpture in the Landscape: The two art forms - Sculpture and Garden Design
31 May 2017Harems, Hookahs, Odalisques and Ottomans: A passion for the oriental in 18th and 19th century art
21 June 2017Inspiration: Artists and their Iconic Muses: Please note change of date Preceded by our AGM
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25 October 2017Reading Pictures - Are You Visually Literate?
29 November 2017Gustav Klimt and Vienna 1900

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JMW Turner "...airy visions painted with tinted steam" by lecturer Valerie Woodgate replaces The Central Document of Turner's Art: The England and Wales Series due to illness
Valerie Woodgate
Wednesday 29 March 2017

Trained at the Royal Academy in the tradition of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Turner rose from humble origins to enjoy instant stardom and early election as an Associate of the Royal Academy, then a Royal Academician three years later.  Influence of the Old Masters and his Continental travels led to increasing fame and success.  In his final decades, despite poor health but with his imagination and energy as active as ever, Turner produced some of his most beautiful and significant works.  Eighteen months before he died The Times suggested that he'd lived his life backwards, having "possessed in youth all the dignitiy of age, only to exchange it for the effervescence of youth when old".