The Arts Society Halifax: Romance, Realism & Revolution

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On Tuesday 10 April, 1:00pm at the Red Brick Auditorium of the Square Chapel Arts Centre, Fenella Billington will be speaking on Romance, Realism and Revolution 1700-1800.

France under Louis XV in the 18th century saw the age of Rococo. The works of Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard are compared to the more sombre paintings of Chardin and Oudry. In England, the contrasting art of Gainsborough, Stubbs and Hogarth is considered briefly. The French Revolution, followed by the rise of Napoleon once more changed styles in fashionable art.

This lecture considers the many rich threads of art being woven in France and in England in the 18th century, a time that witnessed a radical change from one social system to another.