Wednesday 2 March 2016
Linda Smith makes another welcome return to Fylde DFAS. She holds two first-class degrees in Art History and is an experienced guide and lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Linda lectures to secondary school audiences and independent arts societies.
Hogarth is nowadays mostly remembered as a talented satirist, but there is much more to him than that. He was extremely ambitious in other artistic fields, including portraiture, history painting, and art theory. He was also a tireless self-promoter and entrepreneur, with a real and practical concern for the status of his profession. This talk tracks his career from humble copperplate engraver to successful painter, showing a wide variety of images which demonstrate his exceptional originality and inventiveness. Above all, however, it is his unparalleled eye for absurdity and human weakness which not only tells us so much about his times, but gives us food for thought about our own.