Dalwood, D (2017) What is the history in contemporary history painting? In: Professorial Lecture Series 2016-17, 29 March 2017, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.


History Painting was once the greatest genre of European art and has arguably been the most neglected for the past hundred years. Although a few late-twentieth century painters have revisited the genre, contemporary art has largely sidelined History Painting, and this talk will discuss the problems inherent in reconsidering the subject. The emphasis will be very much on the specific way painting has continued to engage with it, focusing on three specific works by very different artists; Rita Donagh, Jörg Immendorff and Richard Hamilton. It will also consider the connections between traditional and contemporary History Painting, asking what links a painting like Benjamin West’s ‘The Death of General Woolfe’ (1770) to Richard Hamilton’s painting ‘The Citizen’ (1981-3)? The lecture will be from the perspective of a painter thinking about how to tackle the genre of History Painting and how to consider the viewer as a participant in that process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Divisions: Bath School of Art and Design
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 12:50
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