Now you see it Now you don't

Bertie Pearce

Wednesday 21st April 2021

                 

 

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This is one of the quirkiest lectures you will ever hear. There is a universal delight in being deceived and in this lecture Bertie takes his audience on a whistle stop tour of art which fools, surprises and amuses the viewer. Beginning and ending with the Belgian surrealist Renee Magritte, it encompasses Trompe L’oell, Banksy, Bridget Riley, Arcimboldo and Escher to name a few. Hold on to your seats and get ready to be visually fried.

Biography:

Bertie Pearce has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University, and a Diploma Internationale from the École Internationale du Théatre, Jacques Lecoq. A member of the Inner Magic Circle, with Gold Star. Past experience includes lecturing and performing on cruise ships, and to U3A, historical societies, festivals, schools and colleges. In addition, Bertie has toured the world with a magic cabaret show and a one man show entitled All Aboard. He has written articles for newspapers and magazines on entertainment and theatre.

More information can be found at :  https://www.bertiepearce.com/biography/

                                                                      

 

Review of Zoom Lecture 21 April 2021

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T – Bertie Pearce

Bertie Pearce has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University, and a Diploma Internationale from the École Internationale du Théatre, Jacques Lecoq. He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle with a Gold Star. His past experience includes lecturing and performing on cruise ships, and to U3A and historical societies.

Review

This was a really amazing lecture taking us on a whistle stop tour of a whole range of Art aimed at surprising, amusing and tricking the viewer.  It questioned our assumptions of how one looks at a painting and what one actually sees.  We were taken on a tour of Ambiguity, Trompe l’Oeil, Perspective Impossibilities, Op-Art, the Surreal and the ridiculous, all delivered in a light-hearted manner by Bertie.  I was astonished by the history of this kind of Art which goes back to Roman times, illustrated, amongst other images, by a mosaic, which looked like an unswept floor after a banquet.  I enjoyed discovering a hidden Napoleon and wondering at beautiful, deceptively ‘real’ images.  Bertie has been kind enough to send us a list of the artworks in his talk which will enable those of you who took part to take another look or, for those unable to join us, share a little in our delight.

Look out for the next Lecture ‘The Empty Chair’ with Angela Findlay on 19 May at 2.15.  Please encourage friends and members to join us.  All details on our website: www.theartssocietytemevalley.org

 Best Wishes

Caroline Jamison   Co-programme Organiser

Images shown in the lecture.

 

 

  • L’IMAGE EN SOI  (the image in itself) by R. Magritte 1961

 

  • LA REPRODUCTION INTERDITE (Not to be Reproduced) by R Magritte  1937

 

  • TIME TRANSFIXED by R. Magritte  1938

 

  • THE SONG OF LOVE by Giorgio de Chirico 1914

 

  • LE BLANC-SEING (THE BLANK SIGNATURE) 1965 N.G. of Art Washington

 

  • THE BORING FIGURE adapted from 19thc double image motif

 

  • AMBIGUOUS DUCK RABBIT  anon late 19th C - popularised by Joseph
  • Jastrow

 

  • NAPOLEON IN THE TREES

 

  • THE IMPOSSIBLE SHELF

 

  • PERSPECTIVE ABSURDITIES engraving 1753

 

  • LETTER RACK by Samuel van Hoogstraten 1666

 

  • ROMAN UNSWEPT FLOORMosaic  2nd C Ad 

 

  • ROMAN FRESCOE From Boscoreale, Pompei 40 BC  Met Mus. Ny

 

  • BALDASSARE PERUZZI  FRESCO To Simulate A View Of Rome Villa Farnesina  1516

 

  • Andrea Pozzo’s VAULT IN THE NAVE OF THE CHURCH OF ST IGNAZIO IN ROME 1691-94

 

  • TIEPOLO CEILING FRESCO  Wurzburg 1752

 

  • Antonio Verrio’s HELL Staircase 1687

 

  • VARIOUS WORKS BY BANKSY (Including the ‘Well Hung Lover”)

 

  • PIN BOARD By Martin Battersby Commissioned For The Qe2

 

  • BOOKCASE By Kenneth Davies 1951

 

  • Rex Whistler MURAL AT PLAS NEWYDD 1836-7
  • TINKER AND HOUSE WIFE Rex Whistler

 

  • Rene Magritte’s HUMAN CONDITION 1933

 

  • ONE DAY CLOSER TO PARADISE By David Hensel - Jesmonite Resin

 

  • Samuel Van Hoogstraten VIEW DOWN A CORRIDOR 1662

 

  • STAIRCASE GROUP By Charles Wilson Peale 1795

 

  • Charles Willson Peale  1741-1827 

 

  • ESCAPING CRITICISM Pere Borell Del Caso  1874

 

  • LE GRAND VAN GOGH By Bruno Catalano 2013

 

  • John Pugh’s TAYLOR HALL 1981

 

  • ANONYMOUSE - Swedish Art Collective

 

  • Kurt Wenner – UNDERGROUND 2007

 

  • Kurt Wenner 1958-

 

  • Leon Keer - ABU DHUBAI

 

  • COKE BOTTLE - Julian Beaver

 

  • Graphs, often positioning the image as if they were interacting with the scene.

 

  • PRECIPICE By Edgar Mueller

 

  • THE FOLDED CHESS SET By Sandro Del Prete 1975

 

  • HERCULANEUM DOCK By Campbell Taylor 1919

 

  • DISGUISING A BRITISH FIELD GUN By S Ugo August 1918

 

  • LA MANDORE By George Braques. 1909-10

 

  • HARLEQUIN Victor Vasarely 1936-52

 

  • ZINT By Vasarely 

 

 

  • TORN IN TRANSIT  John Haberle 1888

 

  • Antonio Verrio’s HEAVEN ROOM At Burghley House, Lincs Olympian Gods

 

  • COURTYARD AMBRAS, Austria 1567-8 By Heinrich Teufel

 

  • A FEMALE FAUN WITH CHILDREN AT PLAY  Anne Vallayer-Coster 1773

 

  • TROMPE L’OEIL WITH DRAWINGS AND SAVOYARDS By Louis-Leopold Boilly 1805

 

  • Cornelius Gysbrechts LETTER RACK & CURTAIN 1659-78

 

  • TROMPE L’OEIL STILL LIFE WITH A FLOWER GARLAND AND CURTAIN 1658.   Adrien Van Der Spelt (1630-1673).  And Frans Van Mieris(1635-1681)

 

  • Cornelis Gysbrecht’s  PAINTERS EASEL 1659-78

 

  • THE REVERSE OF A FRAMED PAINTING By Cornelius Gijsbrechts 1670.

 

  • Anonymous CUPBOARD OF CURIOSITIES late 17th C

 

  • Jan Van Eyck – ARNOLFINI & HIS WIFE 1434
  • Jan van Eyck 1390-1441 was a painter active in Bruges - Early Netherlandish painting - reps of Early Northern Renaissance art.

 

  • VIOLIN ON A DOOR  By Jan Van Der Vaardt C.1723  Chatsworth House

 

  • FAITHFUL COLT By William  Harnett 1890

 

  • AFTER THE HUNT  1884 Harnet

 

  • THE WHITE TABLE CLOTH By Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin 1737 

 

 

  • THE AMBASSADORS – Hans Holbein The Younger 1533

 

  • THE JURIST  By Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1566

 

  • VERTUMNUS  By Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1590-1

 

  • THE APPARITION OF FACE AND FRUIT DISH ON A BEACH 1938 Salvador Dali.

 

  • MYSTERIOUS MOUTH APPEARING IN THE BACK OF MY NURSE 1941 By Salvador Dali

 

  • BEDTIME AVIATION By Rob Gonsalves

 

  • HERE COMES THE FLOOD By Rob Gonsalves

 

  • COMMUNITY PORTRAIT By Rob Gonsalves

 

  • UNDERGROUND PIANO By Shigeo Fukuda 1984

 

  • Shigeo Fukuda LEGS 1975

 

  • PHOTO OF ESCHER AT WORK

 

  • DRAWING HANDS By M.C.Escher 1948

 

  • HAND WITH REFLECTING SPHERE By M.C.Escher

 

  • DAY AND NIGHT Woodcut In Black And White 193

 

  • THE PENROSE TRIANGLE

 

  • WATERFALL  By M.C. Escher 1961

 

  • LA VIE EN ROSE By Sandro Del Prete  1994

 

  • ZEBRE 1950

 

  • VEGA By Victor Vasarely  1957

 

  • FALL  By Bridget Riley 1963

 

  • PRIMITIVE BLAZE By Bridget Riley 1963-4

 

  • THE RIVER SEINE AT LA GRANDE JATTE By George Seurat. 1888 

 

  • MOVEMENT IN SQUARES  By Bridget Riley 1961

 

  • LE FILS DE L’HOMME  1964  Rene Magritte