THE next presentation of The Arts Society-Marina Alta will take place at the Parador de Javea hotel on Thursday December 7.
‘A Gentle Introduction to Art Deco, by Eric Knowles.
With over twenty-five years’ experience lecturing at museums and galleries around the world, including the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Eric has broadcast for thirty years with the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.
Eric has travelled around the UK with his “wickedly funny and informative” mini Antiques Roadshow.
He is well-known for his many appearances on mainstream BBC Arts programmes, with his in-depth knowledge and understanding of a vast range of antiques.
Born a Lancastrian, but now living in London, Eric is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Art Deco is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. It became popular in the 1920s and 1930s and influenced the design of buildings, furniture, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners.
Unlike the preceding Art Nouveau style, Art Deco features geometric shapes, clear and precise lines and decoration which is attached to the structure.
One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology.
During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress. The style is often characterised by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.
It was the first truly international architectural style.