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An Introduction to Art Nouveau Architecture Ian Gledhill Monday 13 January 2020


 A look at the astonishing flowering of this highly decorative style that flourished briefly around 1900.  Art Nouveau arose, initially in Belgium and France, as a reaction against Victorian historicism and the so-called “battle of the styles”. 

It was the emergence in the 19th century of iron as a building material that allowed for the creation of new forms of architecture.  In a search for these new forms, architects such as Victor Horta and Hector Guimard turned to nature for their inspiration, having been influenced by Britain’s Arts and Crafts movement and the ideas of William Morris.

Here's a link to some wonderful Parisian Art Nouveau Metro Stations

Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary. In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre, where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator. His main interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta, and these are reflected in the wide ranging list of subjects for his lectures. He began giving lectures in 1997, and now gives on average around 140 a year.