Hugh St Clair - Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines: A Lesson in Art & Life

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Tetbury, GL8 8JG
Tue 9th July 2019 7:30PM
Art and design journalist Hugh St Clair will introduce and talk about his new book, a biography of  Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines, a couple who were at the centre of the British art scene throughout the twentieth century,

Both men studied in Paris in the 1920s where they absorbed the work of the French Post Impressionists, Cubists and Surrealists. Later in London, Morris became a sought-after painter of flowers, birds and landscapes, and a friend of Augustus John and Ben Nicholson. Lett-Haines was hailed as Britain’s first Surrealist. They gave fabulous parties attended by the cream of creative London.

They founded the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Suffolk, attended by Lucian Freud and Maggi Hambling. The atmosphere was described as ‘robust and coarse, exquisite and sensitive all at once, also faintly dangerous.’ The conversation was sometimes bawdy and bitchy but never boring. Lett-Haines, who ran the school, was a superb cook who swapped recipes with Elizabeth David.   Cedric Morris became an award-winning plantsman and poppy and iris breeder. He was an acknowledged influence on Beth Chatto amongst others.

A Lesson in Art and Life is a long overdue biography of a couple who were hugely influential across the spheres of art, gardening and cookery.

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Starts at 7:30PM


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