Art History in the Pub

Art History in the Pub is a series of talks that take place on the last Monday of each month. Art History in the Pub reflects the AAH's commitment to bringing interesting, cutting-edge art-historical research to a wider, public community.

They are free, and open to all, no booking required. Talks take place at 7.30pm at The Monarch, Camden, London.

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Next Event:

29 September, 7.30pm

Speaker:  Bernard Vere, 'Oval Balls and Cubist Players: Avant-garde depictions of Rugby'. 

Rugby was a game imported into France from England in the 1890s, yet it held a fascination for French avant-garde artists for the first quarter of the twentieth century. Henri Rousseau painted an imagined match from the belle époque in 1908. Robert Delaunay responded with The Cardiff Team, a huge canvas of a rugby lineout that Guillaume Apollinaire called “the most modern painting” of the Salon des Indépendants of 1913. The Cubist Albert Gleizes’s The Footballers was also exhibited there, with Apollinaire hailing its emphasis on movement. At the end of the First World War, André Lhote began a series of works on rugby that were central to his attempted rejuvenation of the Cubist project. All these paintings responded to different views of what rugby meant in France in this period. This talk will examine the paintings in detail against the background of the sport’s changing character.

Bernard Vere is Lecturer on the MA in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Forthcoming talks in  2014:

27 October - Rodrigo Orrantia,
'Open For Business: British Industry in Contemporary photography'

24 November
 – Janine Catalano, ‘Distasteful: Subversive Food in Surrealist Art'

Previous Talks for Art History in the Pub, from 2011 - 2014.

Directions & Details
If you've not been before then a speaker talks for about 30 minutes followed by questions. The talk takes place in the main bar, it is free, entertaining, and anyone is welcome.

The Monarch,
40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden NW1 8BG,
Telephone: 020 74822054

From Chalk Farm tube: Turn left out of the station and cross Chalk Farm Road at the lights. The pub is about five minutes walk down the road on the left.
From Camden Town: Take the Camden High Street exit and turn right. Head up the street past Camden Lock and under the rail bridge and proceed up Chalk Farm Road. The pub is a couple minutes walk from the bridge on the right.

By tube: Chalk Farm station (450m) – zone 2 / Camden Town station (530m) – zone 2
By train: Kentish Town West station (460m) / Camden Road station (550m)
By bus: 24 (24hrs), 27 (24hrs), 31, 168, N5, N28, N31.

Robert Delaunay, L'Équipe de Cardiff, 1913, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven Robert Delaunay, L'Équipe de Cardiff, 1913, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven