Cobbett's Wey Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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Riviera Paradise: Art, Design and Pleasure on the Cote d’Azur in the 1920s and 30s
Mary Alexander
Wednesday 27 September 2017

In the early 1920s an intoxicating mix of artists, writers, musicians and international visitors inspired by a mythological seascape of luminous colours created a new summer season.  Sun tans and sportswear soon became 'de rigueur' in the chic new coastal resorts, villas and hotels. Chanel, Cocteau, Dufy, Matisse and Picasso merged the worlds of fashion, theatre and interiors. Cole Porter, Scott Fitzgerald and Gerald and Sara Murphy introduced an American perspective and attracted an influential new set of patrons and collectors. We will 'time travel' to meet them!

Mary Alexander has 30 years experience as a lecturer with a BA in History and History of Art and an MA in History of Art from University College, London. She has been a visiting lecturer at Christie's Education and the Open University and museum curator at Platt Hall, the Gallery of Costume in Manchester. Mary is now a freelance lecturer to various arts, heritage and antiquarian societies and the author of various articles on design and visual awareness issues.