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Manet - a most sophisticated rebel

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Manet - a most sophisticated rebel

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Mon, 10 September 2018

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On: Monday, Oct 8th 2018
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  • 27 Crofton Rd, Orpington BR6 8QE
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Join our 100 plus members to hear a talk by Douglas Skeggs on Manet. A man whose paintings shocked and appalled the public at the time of painting, but have earned him the unrivaled status in history of being the first painter of the modern world. Douglas has written and presented various TV documentaries and helped set up the Abercrombie & Kent “Private Label tours” .

Although his name is generally thrown in with the Impressionists, Manet is a quite independent artist whose reputation stands alone. Elegant, well mannered and fashionable, this sophisticated Parisian absorbed the ideas of the old masters and redefined them in the language of the real world around him: the cafes, the dance halls and cabarets of the city. Crackling with light and energy, and the incomparable brilliance of his brushwork, these paintings shocked and appalled the public at the time but have earned him the unrivalled status in history of being the first painter of the modern world.

Our speaker is Douglas Skeggs who read Fine Art at Magdalene College Cambridge and has been a lecturer on paintings since 1980. He was the director of 'The New Academy of Art Studies' for three years and is a regular lecturer at 'The Study Centre', 'Christie's' course 'The History of Art Studies' and other London courses. He helped set up the Abercrombie & Kent “Private Label tours” and is presently cultural adviser to Ultimate travel

Douglas has written and presented various TV documentaries, notably the Omnibus programme on 'Whistler' and the exhibition video on 'William Morris.' Three one-man exhibitions of his paintings have been held in England and Switzerland. He has published five novels, which have been translated into 8 foreign languages, and his book on Monet, 'River of Light', has sold 30,000 copies in England, America and France.

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