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VILLAGES: Club’s past president entertains artists

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

ROBERT Julier, past president of Axminster Art Society, gave members a fascinating and informative demonstration of the development of new approaches to painting and the development of “isms”. It started with Paul Cezanne who used blocks of colour to build up his paintings such as “Mont Sainte-Victoire” (1902). This founded the school of impressionism. Pablo Picasso, Georges Brugue and many others then further deconstructed and fragmented the painted image, giving rise to cubism. Later subjects were viewed from different angles and each image was integrated into one picture. Next came the portrayal of movement such as that seen in “Nude Descending a Staircase” by Marcel Duchamp. In the pre-war years technology was making its mark on lifestyle, giving rise to dynamic paintings such as “Speeding Auto” by Giacomo Balta. Cubism remained a basis to these paintings but movement had no vertical lines. Swirling movement was portrayed by vorticism. Colours and shapes swirled around the paintings as can be seen in “Homage to Bleriot” by Robert Delaunay (1914). With the outbreak of World War One artists' work became more menacing and darker in colour. Futurism, with its irony, disgust and protest mocked jingoism. It was aggressive, idealistic and often brutal in shape and texture, promoting a new cosmopolitan world to replace the old romanticism. The leading protagonist was Filippo Tommaso Marinetti who championed the avant-garde which was challenging but vague. All “isms” fade but most continue to contribute to art as artists strive to depict man, nature and the universe. Axminster Art Society's recent spring exhibition at Trinity House was another success and thanks go to judges Lisa Lyman from Apple Tree Galleries and Mark Hankey from Trinity House. Visitors to the show were impressed by the range of subjects chosen and the varied skills displayed by the members. The picture voted as The People's Favourite was Kathryn Hardings “Love in a Mist”. Other award winning pictures may be seen on the society's website at

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