Time: 10:30 for 10.45 – 3:30
Venue: Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury WC1N 3AT
Tutor: Julian Halsby
Cost: £36 (including coffee but excluding lunch)
The first English artist to paint Venice seriously was Turner who made three visits between 1819 and 1840. Although these were brief, Venice was to have a great impact on his later style. John Ruskin also fell in love with Venice and his three volume book ‘The Stones of Venice’ became a best seller in Europe and the United States. In 1879 following his disastrous court case against Ruskin, James McNeil Whistler arrived in Venice bankrupt and depressed. He remained for over a year and his Venetian exhibitions in Bond Street were an enormous success and his position as the leading modern artist in Britain was re-established.
John Singer Sargent had been to Venice as a child, but returned in 1880. His relations bought the Palazzo Barbaro on the Grand Canal which became his spiritual home. Other artists working there before the First World War include Walter Sickert and Arthur Melville. The day ends with a brief look at contemporary artists Ken Howard, Diana Armfield and Bernard Dunstan who have all made Venice their own.