Coast and Country: Artists' Colonies & Retreats with Dr Jan. D. Cox - Britain I

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Course: Coast and Country: Artists' Colonies & Retreats with Dr Jan. D. Cox - Britain I
Tutor: Dr Jan. D. Cox
Start Date: 14th August 2018
Start Time: 9.30am
End Time: 4.00pm
Fee: £54.00 What's included?

This group of day courses, which will appeal to anyone who has an interest in art, will look at how artists escaped from the big cities and took refuge in the country or by the coast. Artists’ colonies flourished in the nineteenth and early twentieth century in many countries across Europe, and we will concentrate on Britain, France and Denmark. Featured artists will include: Camille Corot, Walter Osborne, Ben Nicholson, Gauguin, Van Gogh, P. S. Krøyer, Michael and Anna Ancher, Stanhope Forbes, Philip Wilson Steer, Eric Ravilious, Vanessa Bell.

Colonies and Retreats: Britain I
James MacNeill Whistler and Walter Sickert were early visitors to St. Ives in the 1880s. They were followed, by the Swede Anders Zorn, and the Finn Helene Shjerfbeck. Other prominent artists were Julius Olsson, Emily Carr, and Borlase Smart. A new era arrived with Bernard Leach’s pottery in 1920, followed later in the decade by the Nicholsons, Christopher Wood and Alfred Wallis. The town became a magnet for European Modernism before the Second World War, where Naum Gabo and Barbara Hepworth were key.

Later successful interpreters of the wonderful light of the port included Peter Lanyon, Margaret Mellis, Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham, and Patrick Heron.

This course is part of Week Two of the Dillington Summer School. Residents arrive for Tea on Sunday 12 August and depart after breakfast on Saturday 18 August.   

Tutor Information

Dr Jan D. Cox 

Dr. Jan D. Cox was awarded a PhD in History of Art from the University of Leeds in 2014, where he specialised in nineteenth-century Nordic art. He shares his interests between this topic and British art of the early twentieth century. He graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2005, where he was awarded the Jeanne Sheehy Memorial Prize for his work on Christopher Wood. His MA at Bristol focused on followers of Christopher Wood such as the Neo-Romantics John Minton and Keith Vaughan.

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The audience at wonderful Dillington House proved, once more, to be intelligent, informed and engaged with the subject. It is a delight to talk at a place where the thirst for culture and knowledge remains both broad and deep. Giles Tremlett (2013)