Talk – February 2017

February’s talk is entitled  ‘Picturing Patronage – 19th Century variations on a theme’ and will be given by Dr Lois Oliver.

While artists of earlier generations frequently had powerful patrons or worked on commission, nineteenth-century artists were increasingly reliant on making their name at public exhibitions and through art dealers.  Many struggled in poverty.  This talk looks at the ways in which artists dealt with the challenges they faced.  It features masterpieces from the studios of Ingres, Delacroix and Courbet, amongst others.

The talk will be given by Dr Lois Oliver.  Lois studied English Literature at Cambridge University, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute.  She subsequently worked at the Harvard University Art Museums before joining the curatorial team at the V&A and then the National Gallery where she co-curated the major exhibition Rebels and Martyrs: the image of the artist in the nineteenth century.  Lois is currently Assistant Professor in History of Art at the University of Notre Dame in London, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute.  Lois does work for the National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Royal Academy and Tate; she has appeared on TV programmes for the BBC and Channel 5, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.