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Cezanne: the greatest of them all?

Lecture on Monday 3rd October 2022 at 1:45PM

Lecturer: Michael Howard
Venue: Larruperz Centre

A deliberately provocative title - Paul Cézanne struggled all his life to achieve an art absolute beauty that would act as a revelation - helping himself and those who stand before his paintings to savour the full richness of experience that we can so easily lose sight of in our daily lives. He sought to make all things new, to re-discover the familiar and the original freshness of vision that Adam or Eve might have felt on looking at Paradise for the first time. We might glimpse such moments in our own lives now and then, Cézanne, like Bach in music, makes it solid and durable - a joy for ever.

Original works by Cézanne and other relevant artists will be available for viewing at the lecture.

Michael is a familiar face to The Arts Society. He is President of The Arts Society Bolton and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Although retired, he continues to teach at the Manchester School of Art. He has published widely on European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, his books include: L. S. Lowry: A Visionary Artist; The Impressionists by Themselves; The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure and the award-winning dramatic interpretation and publication of material originally performed by the Zurich-based Dadaists of 1916 - A New Order: An Evening at the Cabaret Voltaire. His book on Gauguin, was written in association with the Gauguin Museum, Tahiti, and his book on Monet for the Musée Marmottan, Paris. One of his most recent books concerns his wife’s life and work: The Human Touch: Ghislaine Howard. (Ghislaine is also an accredited lecturer of The Arts Society).

Michael is a practising artist, and has exhibited at the Royal Academy, the New York Art Fair and elsewhere. He is represented in Manchester Art Gallery and in many private collections both here and abroad. He has appeared on television and radio many times and in 2004 he and Ghislaine worked the film, Degas and the Dance which has awarded one of the prestigious Peabody awards.

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