Hugh Blaker (1873 - 1936)

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(All talks to start promptly at 6.15pm in C13)

Michaelmas term

1. The Renaissance (Friday 22nd September)
2. The High Renaissance: Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael (Friday 6th October)
3. The Baroque (Friday 3rd November)
4. Caravaggio (Friday 1st December)

Lent term

5. Rembrandt and the Dutch 17th century (tbc)
6. The Spanish Golden Age (tbc)
7. The British 18th century (tbc)
8. Turner and Constable (tbc)

Summer term

9. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (tbc)
10. Picasso and the Modern (tbc)
11. American Expressionism (tbc)
12. Late 20th century art (tbc)

The aim of the Blaker Society is to encourage among Cranleighans an interest in the visual arts, in particular painting.

Over the course of the year, pupils will be given an overview of the development of Western art from the Renaissance through to the Modern.

They will learn about the main practitioners and the key developments in both style and technique that have helped to shape the development of Western art.

In doing so, pupils will understand how we got from Giotto to Picasso and the hope is that a new and exciting world will have been opened up to them, which they will be in a position to enjoy for many years to come.

Hugh Blaker (1873–1936), an Old Cranleighan, was an English artist, collector, connoisseur, dealer in Old Masters, museum curator, writer on art, and a supporter and promoter of modern British and French painters.

Blaker’s collection of essays on social problems of the day, Points for Posterity (1910), paints a detailed portrait of its author: a free thinker, open minded, opinionated, cynical, reactionary, critical, and a socialist.

The book – which in its manuscript form is titled Hints for Historians – opens:

There is no greater proof of stupidity than to be in love with your generation. Strong men are in love with the future and its manifold possibilities.