September’s talk will look at Art Nouveau and the subsequent Art Deco period: artists such as William Morris, Charles Voysey and Aubrey Beardsley and the influential store Liberty’s of London which played a crucial role in importing and commissioning new designs. On mainland Europe the New Art could be seen in Hector Guimard’s organic, plant-like forms for the Paris Metro, Rene Lalique’s naturalistic jewellery and Gaudi’s fantastical designs in Barcelona.
A different manifestation of Art Nouveau came in the rectilinear forms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Scotland and his Austrian contemporaries, Olbrich and Hoffman in Vienna; and in the early work of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the exquisite glass designs of Louis Tiffany
The talk will be given by Anthea Streeter. Anthea studied Fine and Decorative Arts in London and subsequently at Harvard University. Since returning from America she has taught on courses in Oxford and London, and lectured for several private groups around the country. Anthea’s special interest is the architecture and design of the 20th century.