January Main Meeting – A Treasure Trove of Paintings – The Wallace Collection

The speaker at the January meeting was Susanne Carr, our local art historian and lecturer who gave us an inspirational talk on The Wallace Collection.  After explaining the history behind the art collection, she introduced us to 20 of her favourite paintings with great expertise and humour. This enabled us to see behind our initial viewing thus revealing the true meanings and artistry of the wonderful works of art.  There were paintings from all eras, many with hidden symbols that Susanne pointed out, some of which had very naughty meanings!  Gems in the collection such as “The Laughing Cavalier” by Frans Hals and Fragonard’s “The Swing” were examined and explained and helped us to take a fresh look at these masterpieces with newly opened eyes.  A fast moving, enlightening and very enjoyable talk.  Thank you Susanne.

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