Zoom Newsletter Mar 2021                          View this email in your browser

Dear Members and Friends,

Spring is on our doorstep, we can feel the cool breeze, and we are encouraged with the progress of vaccinations. We look forward to returning to the restaurants and reconnecting with one another, to focussing on what is enjoyable, and giving a special hug to our loved ones.

In March, our lecturer Carole Petipher, took us on a journey to the wonders of the Castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte, 50 kms south-east of Paris in the French town of Maincy near Melun.  This XVII century baroque castle was the inspiration for the Versailles Castle.  Nicolas Fouquet, wanted to create that wow factor, a sensational place with gardens all around. You can have a glimpse of those on Youtube: Vaux le vicomte drone.
 "Colossal Hercules in Gold"      -  Courtesy of Robert Thomas  -
(for more info: check Youtube)

Carole illustrated through her slides the interior decoration, the history behind the greatest threat to Louis XIV, and how Nicolas Fouquet spent the remainder of his life.   

An unusual talk that reminded those who had visited the castle, of the beauty that lies within.  After the lecture, during the Q&A session, Carole mentioned that she was doing some research on the Dukes of Burgundy. Could this be the subject of a future talk?

As the present Coronavirus situation prohibits public gatherings, we will be holding our Annual General Meeting just before our next lecture on Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 19h15.  The documents have been forwarded to our members together with the virtual voting form, for which we would appreciate your exercising your right to vote.  The meeting should not take too long, enabling members to meet with guests just before the Zoom lecture which starts at 20h00.


Live Online lecture with Zoom
Wednesday 21st April at 8 pm (CET)

"Post War Australian Painting"

by Paul Chapman

Western Art from 'Down Under' is often overlooked and neglected, but there is a large amount of talented and inventive painters who rose to prominence in the post-World War II era. Painters like Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd from the 'Heide School' working in a naïve and expressive style, John Brack's figurative paintings give a social critic of Australian post-war culture, John Olsen's celebratory abstract expressions of the landscape, Brett Whiteley's personal vision of his life in Sydney, Fred Williams' landscapes and Jeffery Smart's surreal depictions of urban life are all essential in our understanding and appreciating the modern art of Australia.

We look forward to seeing you.

GUESTS lecture registration for 21st April 2021

Guided Tours (Suspended until further notice)

Happy Easter 

Muriel Lowe
Chairman and the Committee
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