barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Look out for our term-time lunchtime lecture series. Exploring topics that complement our collections and exhibition programme, these popular illustrated 50-minute lectures take place in the Barber Lecture Theatre.


16 November

Introducing Bellows and the Ashcan School

Dr John Fagg, Exhibition Curator, University of Birmingham

Bellows and his fellow Ashcan School artists are best known for their vivid depictions of New York City streets.  This lecture will consider ways in which bodies are represented in those paintings, drawings and prints and, inspired by Nude, Miss Bentham, will also consider the work these artists did indoors, in the life class and the studio.


23 November

Bellows at the Barber

Nicola Kalinsky, Director

Nude, Miss Bentham can be seen as a pivotal work at the Barber, marking and making a divide between the Old Masters and Modernism.  The Director discusses why she considers this painting, by an artist little appreciated outside America, to be a significant development for the collections.























K√ĄTHE KOLLWITZ (1867-1945)

The Young Couple


Bolten, Arent van (About 1573-1633)

Lamp in the form of a grotesque bird


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