Date: 28th May 2018
Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)
Subject: The Newlyn School
Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic
In 1830 some French ‘Romantic’ painters, hungry for ‘realism’ and fed up with the stifling demands of the Académie, moved some 30 miles south of Paris to the village of Barbizon. The most prominent features of the Barbizon School are its tonal qualities, colour, loose brushwork, and softness of form. Their choice of painting ‘The Ordinary’ was seen as shocking.
When the Great Western Railway extended to West Cornwall in 1877, the Cornish fishing towns of St Ives and Newlyn by Penzance both began to attract artists, drawn by the beauty of the scenery, quality of light, simplicity of life and drama of the sea in the same way as their Barbizon brother artists had done.
The artists settling in Newlyn in the early 1880s became known as the Newlyn School. ‘Newlyn painting’ combined the impressionist derived doctrine of working directly from the subject, and where appropriate in the open air, with subject matter drawn from rural life, particularly the life of the fishermen.