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MAFAS 2017 Programme

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Thursday 19th January - Highlights of Spanish Painting.
Presented by Harry Fletcher.
Artist and art tutor including Open University. 

This lecture explores why Las Meninas, by Diego Velazquez, was voted “the world’s greatest painting", and why it influenced Manet and Picasso; it explores major works by El Greco, Murillo and Goya, Picasso and Dali. Illustrated by the lecturer's own excellent set of some of the finest images in the art world.

Venue: Parador de Javea
Doors open: 9:30am. Meeting begins: 10:30am

Sponsors: Blevins Franks,  LEXTAX Consulting

Thursday 2nd February - La Vie de Bohème: artistic life in the Belle Epoque Paris
Presented by Anne Anderson. Art Historian. 

Turn-of-the-century Paris beckoned artists from across Europe and beyond. Aspiring artists clubbed together in the cafes and cabarets of Montmartre - Apollinaire, Utrillo, Renoir, van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and later Picasso and Modigliani. This is the era of the Can-Can, cabarets and famous dancers and nightclubs. Art Nouveau was in its heyday...

Venue: Parador de Javea
Doors open: 10:00am. Meeting begins: 11:00am

Sponsors: Blevins Franks, Infinity International Limited

Thursday 2nd March - Fakes and Forgeries
Presented by Malcolm Kenwood. Experienced retired specialist police and private detective, investigating art and antique crime. Formerly the Recoveries Director for the Art Loss Register.

The question of fake decorative art has been in vogue for hundreds of years, however increasingly sophisticated methods are being used by criminals to generate vast profits. This lecture reveals actual case studies, demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to in passing off works as legitimate.

Venue: Parador de Javea
Doors open: 10:00am. Meeting begins: 11:00am

Sponsora: Blevins Franks, AntonAbogados

Thursday 6th April - Romancing the Rails, The Golden Age of British Railway Posters (1923 - 1947).
Presented by Charles Harris, global-award winning Creative Director of International Advertising Agencies.

The Flying Scotsman, Golden Arrows, Belles and Pullmans; no wonder Betjeman still stands in awe at St Pancras. Covering the Golden Age of British Railways, the era of the Big Four 1923 – 1947, this lecture celebrates the most romantic period of our British travel history. You’ll see how the best travel posters connect with your heart and your mind, and how they have closely reflected the evolution of British holidays.

Venue: Parador de Javea
Doors open: 10:00am. Meeting begins: 11:00am

Sponsor: Blevins Franks

Thursday 4th May - Treasures of the Silk Road.
Presented by Christopher Bradley. Expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. Professional tour guide and lecturer, author, photographer and film maker.

The Silk Road extended for over 8,000 kms from China to Venice, acting as a highway for beliefs, ideas, inventions and art, whilst silk was just one of the many products traded for 1,400 years. On our journey we will see traditional murals, ceramics, statues, carpets, architecture, mosaics, tile-work, rock carvings and of course, silk itself.

Venue: Parador de Javea
Doors open: 10:00am. Meeting begins: 11:00am

Sponsors: Blevins Franks, Jennifer Cunningham Insurance S.L.

Thursday 5th October - Paintbrushes at Dawn.
Presented by Barry Venning. An historian of British art with a particular interest in the work of JMW Turner, on whom he has published widely. Associate Lecturer with the Open University and freelance lecturer.

The history of art is peppered with first rate bust ups: between the great early Renaissance artists, Brunelleschi and Ghiberti, between Constable and Turner, between Salvador Dali and the Surrealist leader Andre Breton and, most recently, between the graffiti artists Banksy and ‘King’ Robbo, among others. They are highly entertaining but they also tell us a great deal about key issues in art history

Venue: Parador de Javea
Doors open: 10:00am. Meeing begins: 11:00am

Sponsors: Blevins Franks

Thursday 2nd November - Gaudi and Barcelona.
Presented by Clyde Binfield. Professor Emeritus in History University of Sheffield and lecturer.

This lecture focuses on Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), an outstandingly creative architect. It begins with Barcelona, exploring the myths which have gathered round Gaudi himself and then it concentrates on his major buildings and his remarkable patrons. Is his work kitsch, or genius, or both at once? Or is it more serious, compelling, and moving?

Venue: Parador de Javea
Doors open: 10:00am. Meeting begins: 11:00am

Sponsor: Blevins Franks, Avalon

Thursday 7th December - A Gentle Introduction to Art Deco.
Presented by Eric Knowles. With over twenty five years' experience lecturing to museums and galleries around the world, including the V&A, British Museum, Eric has broadcast for thirty years with the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

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 characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. It was the first truly international architectural style

Venue: Parador de Javea
Doors open: 10:00am. Meeting begins: 11:00am

Sponsor: Blevins Franks
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