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Art Nouveau: Architecture and Design ( Sorry, SOLD OUT) Anthea Streeter Wednesday 29 November 2017

Art Nouveau was the first attempt to create an international modern style. It had its fullest flowering on the European Continent during the 1890s. At this time progressive architects and designers renounced the tired formulae of historicism in favour of a ‘New Art’.


The first lecture begins with examples of Art Nouveau set alongside pieces from the following Art Deco period, so that a clear distinction can be made between the two styles.   We will then look at how the English designers such as William Morris, Charles Voysey and Aubrey Beardsley were the first to break with the past.   Influenced by nature, and the clarity and simplicity of Japanese artefacts, their work pointed a new way forward and the influential store Liberty’s of London played a crucial role in importing and commissioning new designs.


The second lecture shows how the various countries in continental Europe responded to the New Art, firstly looking at Belgium and France.  Hector Guimard’s organic, plant-like forms for the Paris Metro as well as Rene Lalique’s naturalistic jewellery demonstrate the mainstream of Art Nouveau.   We look at Gaudi’s fantastical designs in Barcelona, and then move to Scandinavia, taking a close look at the prevailing National Romanticism of Finland.  


After lunch we will examine quite a different manifestation of Art Nouveau. This comes in the rectilinear forms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Scotland and his Austrian contemporaries, Olbrich and Hoffman in Vienna.  The early work of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is brought into context and the afternoon closes with the exquisite glass designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

About the lecturer

Anthea studied the Fine and Decorative Arts in London and continued her studies at Harvard University. It was while at Harvard, where there was great enthusiasm for American design, that she became interested herself in 20th century architecture. Since returning from America she has taught on courses in Oxford and London, lectured on the Country House course in Sussex, and for several private groups around the country. Her special interest is in the architecture and design of 20th century.

Start time: Coffee at 10:00am for 10:30am start