Lunchtime Lecture: How Cézanne crept into England

Past event archive
21 December 2017, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Man in a Blue Smock
Paul Cézanne, c.1897
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Acquired in 1980 and dedicated to the memory of Richard F. Brown.

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Little was known about Cézanne in England at the start of the 20th century. The role played by the entrepreneur, artist, critic and curator Roger Fry is a significant one, and, in order to bring Cézanne into public focus, he embroiled Leonard and Virginia Woolf, among others, in his cause. Fry’s biographer, Frances Spalding, looks at the part he played in bringing the artist to prominence.

Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer. She has a specialist interest in twentieth-century British art and first established her reputation with Roger Fry: Art and Life. She went on to write lives of the artists Vanessa Bell, John Minton, Duncan Grant, Gwen Raverat and John and Myfanwy Piper, as well as a biography of the poet Stevie Smith.

Part of the programme of events complementing Cézanne Portraits.