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24 February 2020BERLIN TO BRIDLINGTON

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BERLIN TO BRIDLINGTON JOHN IDDON Monday 24 February 2020

Great artists are like buses: you wait years for one to turn up then two come along at once. It happened with Reynolds and Gainsborough in the 18th Century, with Turner and Constable in the 19th Century and now, thrillingly, in our day with Freud and Hockney.The sell-out success of their exhibitions in London testifies to the excitement that both artists engender.Hockney said that when Freud painted him it took 130 hours and that when he painted Freud it took him 3 hours! On the other hand Hockney's range of subject matter, experiment and challenge is far greater, almost akin to that of his hero Picasso.

This talk will look at the careers of both men from Freud's legacy of being brought up in the  Berlin of the Weimar Republic and as the grandson of Sigmund, and of Hockney's journey from Bradford to Swinging 1960's London and then to hedonistic California and finally back to Bridlington and his ambitious and extraordinary recent paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds. The nearly impossible question will be addressed:

Who is the greater artist?

The day will probably breakdown as follows:

Session 1 -- Freud

Session 2 -- Hockney

Session 3 -- The two compared - which is the greatest?

Doors will open at 10am when coffee will be served 

Session 1     10.30 am to 11.30 am 

Coffee Break 

Session 2      12 noon to 1pm

Sandwich Lunch 

Session 3       2pm to 3 pm 

COST   £28 to include the Sandwich Lunch 

If you wish to book direct with Fritha Irwin please email her on  'f.irwin@btinternet.com'

John Iddon is both a lecturer and guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He ran an MA course in Heritage Interpretation at St Mary's University College.He has lectured freelance to numerous art societies, to the National Trust and the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery in Venice.