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Three Counties Art History Group

The next series of lectures will be titled Spanish Art from Goya to Picasso.  

They are likely to be held in the Lyttleton Hall in Great Malvern.  The starting date is uncertain and subject to restrictions imposed by the Covid pandemic.  

Please contact Sue Bienkowska at for further information.  Those currently on our mailing list will be kept in touch with arrangements.

'I’ve been attending art history lectures for over 30 years, and no matter how much I think I know and how much I’ve seen before, Alice has completely opened my eyes and made me see and interpret. Every picture does tell a story and you just have to know how to look’ ME

The Three Counties Art History Group is run by a small group of Art Enthusiasts on a non-profit making basis. It is open to all. A series of weekly lectures given by expert Alice Foster M.A. is offered 2 or 3 times a year. The group is of around 30 members. New Members are welcome and do not have to sign up for every course of lectures that is run. Please use the Contact form below to get in touch with Chairman Sue Bienkowska who will be pleased to talk with, or email you and provide more details, We usually meet in one of the hospitality rooms at Malvern Theatres, Great Malvern. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings have been suspended but members remain in touch through Alice’s regular email articles. We aim to resume our format of Monday afternoon lectures, presented by Alice as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Lectures

'An eclectic mix of topics superbly taught’ CF

The scope of the lectures is wide-ranging and explorative, with each theme being discussed across six lectures, providing detailed discussion and great interest. Alice expertly blends the social and political context with comments and insights into the painterly skills of the artists, presenting with an engaging and friendly manner.

Our Lecturer

'Alice always manages to add information even to artists one ‘knew’ well, with originality and humour.’ JL

Alice Foster is an experienced and inspiring speaker, having lectured at the University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education, for many years and is an accredited lecturer with The Arts Society in the UK and in Europe. Alice is President of the Northleach Society, and in 2018 she became an Arts society lecturer on Fred Olsen Line cruises. Alice lectures for events provided by the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Our Meetings Meetings are held on Mondays from 1.45 to 3.45 with a short break for refreshment. The cost for the 6-week term is £60.00 - £70.00 depending on the number of participants.
Occasional Study Days with talks by various historians of The Arts are arranged

A selection of Past Programmes

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Scottish Art
Nineteenth century Scotland was the most Romantic country in Europe, mostly due to Walter Scott’s novels. During this time “The Scottish School” of art took form. However, histories of British art rather overlooked Scottish achievements until the twentieth century when modern developments in Glasgow and Edinburgh were among Europe’s most progressive. The course explores lesser known Scottish artists, and sets a context for the more familiar movements. Scotland tends to be under appreciated in terms of Art. This series will uncover a rich seam of artistic activity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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American Art in the 20th Century 
The century began with American artists marginalised by American patrons who preferred to collect art from Europe.  What followed was a distinct mix of diverse creativity:  realist painting, abstract painting, "high art", "popular art".  This series covers the cultural pluralism that characterises American art, from Childe Hassam to Pollock and Warhol.

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Modern Movements
The Modern Movement is generally accepted as the period from c1880-1940. This was a time of upheaval, social change and devastating world wars. Modern art has been told in terms of men and women who pursued a dialogue about the meaning of expressing a sense of place, time and individuality. Movemen
ts covered will include Belgian Symbolism, Futurism, Bloomsbury, The Call to Order, Surrealism, and Abstraction.

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Nineteenth Century Painting - Goya to van Gogh
The Nineteenth Century was probably one of the most restless. Remarkably, Goya is at the beginning and Van Gogh comes in at the end, with huge social and artistic changes in-between.
But…. new technology arrived, and artists' teaching methods changed, making the nineteenth century one of the most interesting in the history of art.


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