The Twentieth Century with Sister Wendy
Fifth of five sessions
During the 19th century art went from the photographic perfection of Neo-Classicism to a loosening of line during Romanticism, to total destruction of line during Impressionism. Yet, subject matter for painting was consistently drawn from the real world. During the 20th century artists freed themselves from all previous rules. This was partly in reaction to the insanity of the First World War. Another factor was the frustration of competing with the past. Sister Wendy chose for inclusion Paul Cezanne (1839 – 1906), Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973), Henri Matisse (1869 – 1964), Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989), Paul Klee (1879 – 1940), Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956), Willem de Kooning (1904 – 1997), Jasper Johns (1930 - ), Frank Stella (1936 - ), Agnes Martin (1912 – 2004). and Lucien Freud (1904 – 19890).
Join Jack Brin for today’s film and conversation about art in the community room. Jack Brin is an arts and music enthusiast and a former mathematics professor at Western New England College.
This fall “Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting” will be shown in five sessions . Sister Wendy Beckett (1930 – 2018) was born in South Africa. Her family moved to the U. K. early in her life. As an adult she attended Oxford University, graduating with honors and a degree in English. She returned to South Africa, where she taught for 15 years.
She developed a consuming interest in art from books and museum postcards. That was her only training. Her personal approach to each painting brought her to the attention of the BBC, and, in 1992 she became an unlikely TV star. The “Story of Painting” was created in 1997, and in that year some of her programs became available to PBS. Each program runs about 51 minutes.
Registration is appreciated.