The Invasion of Paris

Russian Invasion

by Sergey Shchukin

Talks about Art by Maggie Giraud, Art Historian and Curator

8 October 2015 at 2pm

The story behind the magnificent collections of early C20 from Western Europe, now to be seen in Russia, in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

‘The Russian Invasion of Paris by Sergey Shchukin’ details the way that Shchukin (1854-1930) collected and commissioned a superb collection of contemporary European art, which influenced a whole generation of young Russian artists. His collecting of Matisse overtook that of the Stein family (see Gertrude’s Flowers) and pushed up the prices in the art market. Since the Russian Revolution many of the now priceless works of Impressionsism and post-Impressionism in the collection have come into State ownership, making a visit to Russia imperative for all serious art-lovers.

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Francis Bacon – National Treasure?

Sir Francis Bacon | Talks About Art with Maggie Giraud

12 November 2015 at 2pm

Explores the reputation and status of the artist coinciding with the publicity generated by the exhibition ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’ which is showing from April until July 2015, at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich.

A controversial figure in the British art world, Bacon is held in very high regard by many, and competed (until their separate deaths) with his friend Lucien Freud, for the title of ‘greatest British painter of C20. The talk examines his work from his early championship by the critic David Sylvester until the years before his death at 83 in 1992.

Ticket Prices

  • General Admittance   £15.00

Enjoy an Afternoon of Art

  • GOYA & Francis Bacon talks with 2-course lunch and glass of wine  £50
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About Maggie Giraud FRSA

Maggie, who is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, was educated at Leeds School of Art, and London University. She was employed as Curator and Archivist to the Dartington Hall Trust, and was the founding curator of High Cross House.