Hastings and District Anglo-French Club

ON February 4, Claudine White presented Matisse en Corse, telling us mostly about the artist’s time in Corsica.

Just after getting married, Matisse spent six months in Corsica with his wife and completed many paintings. Most of these works of art are in private collections in Russia and USA so very few people have ever seen them. However, Claudine is in the process of translating from French to English a book that shows them and gives background details.

As a result of her talk, we are looking forward to publication of the book so that we can see these little-known works which are protected from public view until that time. We enjoyed looking at pictures of other paintings by Matisse, learning about his approach and his delight in vibrant colours.

Our next meeting, on Tuesday February 18, was Toulouse, a presentation in French by Robin Gray. Robin has a particularly strong sentimental attachment to that area of France where he worked as an ‘assistant’ when he was still a young man learning the language.

On his recent visit to recall old times, he took many photographs which he then crafted into a very informative slideshow to present to us. He had researched the background to the historical sites and was able to give detailed and interesting information as well as show us many beautiful places. We also enjoyed what he had to tell us, in his always engaging way, about the school where he had worked.

Our March 4 meeting, also in French, will be led by Hélène White and will be about the Seaview Project which she founded about 30 years ago. As usual, all are welcome. The venue is Holy Redeemer Church hall in Upper Church Road, St Leonards at 2.30pm.