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PRIVATE VIEW REVIEW / AUTUMN 201155NADFAS LECTUREThe lives and arts of the Bloomsbury PaintersFor the first time, NADFAS is involved with the Bloomsbury Festival, with this offering fromNADFAS-accredited lecturer Sandra Pollard. The output and lives of the Bloomsbury Groupusually arouse strong feelings for or against, but both its admirers and critics acknowledgethat its members made a significant impact on the cultural life of England in the first half ofthe 20th century. This lecture focuses on the works of its artists, including the formation of the Omega Workshops,particularly Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, as well as the patronage of Lady OttolineMorrell, all of whom lived and worked in Bloomsbury, and puts them in the context of theircomplicated, but fascinating, interrelated lives.Sandra Pollardgained a history degree from Bristol University, a Certificate in Higher Education inFine Art and an MA in Art History. She has lectured part-time at universities for over 30 years, atpresent for the Open University and the University of Liverpool School of Continuing Education, andis also a freelance lecturer for organisations such as the National Trust and The Art Fund. Pollardrecently retired as a Trustee of the Bowes Museum and was a founder member, past Chairmanand is currently President of North Yorkshire and South Durham DFAS.The NADFAS lecture will be held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3ATSunday 23 October, 11.30am; Free;

Left:Kaufferreturned to amore 'painterly'style in 1938with Howbravely Autumnpaints upon the skyRight:Theartist's iconicposters hadgreat influenceon commercialimagery in the early 20th centuryThe Poster KingThis autumn, the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art ishosting a major exhibition exploring the work of one of thekey figures of British Modernism with The Poster King:Edward McKnight KaufferESTORICK COLLECTIONAremarkably versatile artist, EdwardMcKnight Kauffer (1890-1954)drew on a wide variety of styles increating his works, from Japanese art toFauvism, Constructivism and Surrealism,and his oeuvre encompassed painting,applied art, interior design andscenography. Yet it is his celebratedposters created for clients such asLondon Underground and Shell duringthe inter-war years for which he remainsmost famous. Kauffer produced some ofthe most iconic commercial imagery ofthe early 20th century - not only inBritain, but internationally. The exhibition will provide an overviewof the artist's career, focusing particularlyon his time in England (1914-40), wherehe created his most famous works. Itwill also incorporate lesser-known earlypieces reflecting the aesthetics ofVorticism, Cubism and ItalianFuturism - Kauffer sharing the lattermovement's concern with bringingart into everyday life and engaging amass audience. Born in Montana in 1890, EdwardKauffer revealed a precocious talentfor drawing that perhaps provided asense of escape from the austerity ofhis early life. Placed in an orphanagefor two years from the age of threeafter the divorce of his parents, theyoung Kauffer undertook menial jobsin order to supplement the family'smeagre income after his motherremarried in 1899. His stepfatherencouraged his artistic ability, and bythe age of 17 Kauffer had establishedhimself as a painter. In 1907 he wasemployed by a travelling repertorytheatre, before taking a position at aSan Francisco bookshop in 1910. Aregular customer at the shop was Prof.Joseph E McKnight of the University ofUtah, who recognised the young man'stalent and, in 1912, offered to fund hisstudies in Paris. The depth of Kauffer'sgratitude to McKnight was revealed bythe incorporation of his benefactor'ssurname into his own. The outbreak of the First World Warforced Kauffer to move to England,where he remained for over two56NADFAS REVIEW / AUTUMN Courtesy of The Shell Art Collection; London Transport Museum; V&A Museum; BP Archive; Private collection