Two women who scandalised the art world

3 MARCH 2021

Zoom lecture at  5 pm

Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938).  Born in poverty, Suzanne became a successful model, and appears  in paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir and Degas. Degas encouraged her talent as an artist and soon leading dealers were exhibiting her work – which now seems to us amazingly modern.  The Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957) was a fashion icon and a legend in her own time – a fascinating and even outrageous figure. She recklessly spent her huge fortune and was renowned for extravagant parties in her palace on the Grand Canal. She was painted by Augustus John, van Dongen, and others, and was photographed by Man Ray and Cecil Beaton.

Lecturer: Julian Halsby

Studied History of Art at Cambridge. Formerly Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at Croydon College of Art. Publications include Venice – the Artist’s Vision (1990, 1995), The Art of Diana Armfield RA (1995), Dictionary of Scottish Painters (1990, 1998, 2001, 4th edition 2010), A Hand to Obey the Demon’s Eye (2000), Scottish Watercolours 1740-1940 (1986, 1991), A Private View – David Wolfers and the New Grafton Gallery (2002). Interviews artists for the Artist Magazine and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and The Critics Circle. A practising artist, he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1994 and appointed Keeper in 2010