Art History 2017 The Best of British Art

The study of Art History opens your eyes to the world around you: you look at this world with more insight once you know how to look and how to evaluate what you see. The lectures are informative, they are interesting, and they are great fun!

The Best of British Art: The Bloomsbury Set

The members of the Bloomsbury Set are often better known for their unconventional lifestyles than for the contribution they made to the development of modern art, design and literature. But did you know the Bloomsbury Group were known to the avant-garde Parisian circles of Matisse and Picasso? That they were among the first to make purely abstract artworks in Britain? That they produced and published some of the most important literature of the twentieth century? [Tate Gallery London]

This course explores the achievements and legacy of the artists of this group but will also cover, in necessarily more summary fashion, the writers and intellectuals of the Bloomsbury group providing some glimpses into their lives and relationships.

The group had ten core members:

Clive Bell, art critic

Vanessa Bell, post-impressionist painter

E M Forster, fiction writer

Roger Fry, art critic and post-impressionist painter

Duncan Grant, post-impressionist painter

John Maynard Keynes, economist

Desmond MacCarthy, literary journalist

Lytton Strachey, biographer

Leonard Woolf, essayist and non-fiction writer

Virginia Woolf, fiction writer and essayist

Leonard Woolf, essayist and non-fiction writer


Term 1 of the academic year begins on Wednesday 8 February. The last lecture of the term is on Wednesday 24 May 2017.

Easter break: no lectures on Wednesday 12 and 19 April 2017

Wednesday 10.00 - 12.00 noon Oaks Room, Undercroft, Holy Trinity Cathedral Parnell