Bagshaw Museum hosts 2nd lecture on Genre painting

Genre painting

The second of three lectures at Bagshaw Museum, Batley, telling the story of ‘Genre painting’ will take place on Sunday, 24 January, starting at 2pm.

The informative lecture, The Apotheosis of British Genre, will reflect the glory days of British Genre painting and how the Victorians loved to look at pictures of themselves. It will look at the work of William Henry Midwood (1833-88), an artist most of whose work in public collections which belong to us, and will also look at the career of David Wilkie (1785-1841), who took Genre to a position it had never been before.

Everyday life

Genre paintings are pictures of everyday life showing ordinary people and their popularity grew out of the rise of a newly wealthy middle class.

Art historian and writer Simon Poë, who is giving the lectures, explained:

Genre paintings are of the people and for the people, on a modest scale and clearly intended to hang in houses rather than in palaces. They are small paintings for small patrons.”

For you who missed the first lecture, The Village Green, which looked at the beginnings of Genre painting in 17th Century Holland and Flanders, Simon will give you a short recap before starting the second part of the story.

The final lecture, The Kitchen Sink, will be on Sunday, 7 February. It will follow the history of Genre painting through the work of the Pre-Raphaelites, into the 20th Century with the Camden Town Group and ending in the 1950s with the work of realist painters such as John Bratby.

More info

There is a charge of £3.50 per person for each lecture. No booking is required but we recommend that you arrive early in order to secure a seat.

For further information please contact Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley on 01924 324765.

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