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Towards the Chagall of Dead Souls: The Greatest Illustrated Book of the Twentieth Century. A talk by Timothy Hyman introduced by Liza Dimbleby


In his recently published book, 'The World New Made: Figurative Painting in the Twentieth Century', Timothy Hyman calls Chagall’s ninety-six etchings to Gogol’s Dead Souls (1924-25) “the highpoint of his graphic art”, and “the greatest illustrated book of the twentieth century”. In this richly illustrated talk, Hyman will explore Chagall’s development beyond Cubism, his complex involvement with the Russian Revolution, and suggest how these are components in Chagall's identification with Gogol as exile and comic / cosmic visionary. This is a rare opportunity to hear a leading art writer and artist comment on these works by Chagall. 

Following the talk Timothy Hyman will be signing copies of the book, offered at discounted price. 

Linda Nochlin on The World New Made:
"Both wonderfully concrete in detail and wide-ranging in scope, Timothy Hyman’s The World New Made constructs a new and convincing scenario for the history of 20th-century painting.  Rejecting the straitjacket of modernist theory and the rigid model of abstraction, the author, himself a painter as well as an art historian, posits the neglected realm of figure painting as the important vehicle of modernity in the recent past, reinterpreting the work of well-known artists like Chagall, Leger, Kahlo and Guston  as well as reviving the careers of neglected ones like Ken Kiff, Bhupen Khakhar or Ida Applebroog.  A keen visual intelligence, human warmth and intellectual commitment mark his project:  needless to say, the well-chosen and beautifully reproduced illustrations do much to support the author’s provocative text."

Timothy Hyman trained as a painter at The Slade School of Fine Art (1963-7) and was elected a Royal Academician in 2011. As well as ten London solo shows, he has exhibited widely, and his work is in many public collections, (including British Museum, Arts Council, British Counci , Government Art Collection, Contemporary Art Society, Los Angeles County Museum,  Deutsche Bank,  Royal Academy,  Pallant House, Museum of London, and others).  In 1979-80 he curated  Narrative Paintings (ICA and elsewhere). In 1998 Thames and Hudson published his monograph on Bonnard and in 2003, Sienese Painting. He  curated the Tate’s Stanley Spencer retrospective in 2001, and in 2007-8  co-curated British Vision  in Ghent.  In 1980 he began a long association as a visiting professor in Baroda, India – publishing a pioneering monograph on Bhupen Khakhar. He was one of the founders of The Royal Drawing School. In 2012 he completed a residency for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres (exhibited Royal Academy 2015). The World New Made (Thames and Hudson 2016) is the culmination of decades of thinking about 20th century painting  in TLS, Artscribe, London Magazine etc.    

Liza Dimbleby is an artist with a long standing involvement with Russia. She began painting as a student in Moscow, in 1989-90 and completed a doctorate on the writing of V.V. Rozanov at the University of London in 1996. She later studied on The Drawing Year at The Prince's Drawing School (now the Royal Drawing School) where she has taught since 2005. Her book on walking and drawing in cities (I Live Here Now) was published in 2008. She gives regular talks on drawing at universities and art schools in Scotland and London and has recently spoken at conferences in Glasgow,  Moscow (2012) and Paris (2013). She lives and works in Glasgow.