Art History Lectures

Art History Lectures

I shall kick off the new autumn season with the theme of art partnerships, collaborations that changed the course of European art. 

Wednesday, September 15, 22, 29 at 11.00am

Partners in Art

15th September William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, creators of the Pre-Raphaelite Interior

With their friendship established at Oxford, Morris and Burne-Jones collaborated on numerous projects.  After 1875 Burne-Jones designed all the stained glass windows for the firm with commissions going as far afield as the USA. In the 1890s they collaborated on the great tapestry cycle, the Holy Grail.  When Morris predeceased him, Burne-Jones simply declared ‘the king is dead’.

22nd September Josef Hoffmann and Kolo Moser, founders of the Wiener Werkstätte

Inspired by Morris’ firm, Hoffmann and Moser founded the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese workshops) in 1903. Working on joint architectural projects, it is often impossible to distinguish their work stylistically.  They developed a radically new design ethos based on strict geometric forms.

Sitzmaschine (1905)- By Josef Hoffmann | Chair design, Antiques, Antique  and modern

29th September Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, the perfect Arts and Crafts House and Garden

Both wedded to the native architecture of Surrey, with its picturesque half- timbering and tile hanging, Lutyens provided the architectural framework which Jekyll filled with a profusion of flowers. Together they worked on numerous projects, both great and small, establishing a pattern governed by pergolas, rills, and herbaceous borders, that define the Arts and Crafts garden.

The lectures will be delivered live by Zoom.   They will be uploaded afterwards to my YouTube channel for a limited time and you will be provided a private link to view them again at your leisure.

The lectures last for around an hour.  There will be a question-and-answer session at the end.

How to book

The lectures are priced at £10 a session. You can book each lecture separately or all three £25 (one lecture half price!)

Please email Susan Branfield at

You can pay by cheque or BACS (details will be supplied). Cheques should be made payable to Anne Anderson.

Once you register and pay, you will be sent an email with your link. Keep it safe!

Anne Anderson Art and Design History Channel

I have a selection of open access lectures you can download from my YouTube channel

Recently added:

How did we get IKEA? Scandinavian Design c. 1880-1960

Others include:

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four

Art Deco: High Style in the Roaring Twenties

The Bauhaus 1919-2019: A Hundred Years of Modern Design

Art and Crafts Gardens: A Haven for our Troubled Times

Everything Stops for Tea! A Social History of Tea Drinking

Art Nouveau Cities

Nordic Vision: Scandinavian Painting 1880-1914

I also have a library of restricted access lectures which can be downloaded for a small fee. Please contact me at

William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Interior

Christopher Dresser and the Aesthetic Interior

Ernest Gimson and the Cotswold Arts and Crafts Interior

Victor Horta and the Art Nouveau Interior

James Tissot: Fashionable London

James McNeill Whistler: An American Abroad

Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity

Gustav Klimt: ‘All Art is Erotic’

Recently added to the library

Belle Epoch Paris, Nancy, and Luxembourg

Combining social history with art and design history these lectures will capture the flavor of the era. The last two decades of the 19th century were challenging times. With the new century approaching, change was in the air. Modern life was fraught with anxieties, from the troublesome New Woman, who demanded social and political equality, to the genderbending imagery of Art Nouveau. These three sessions will encompass modern architecture and design alongside paintings and the graphic arts to reveal the complexities of fin-de-siècle life.

Paris: the artistic life of the Belle Epoch

Turn-of-the-century Paris beckoned artists from across Europe and beyond. Aspiring artists clubbed together in the cafes and clubs of Montmartre; Le Chat Noir opened in 1881, while the Lapin Agile cabaret nurtured Picasso, Modigliani, Apollinaire, and Utrillo. Bateau Lavoire, without doubt the most famous art studio in the world, was their home.  Renoir and van Gogh painted at the Moulin de la Galette on the Rue Lepic; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec opted for the Moulin Rouge. This was the era of the cabaret, the Can-Can and absinthe. Singer Yvette Guilbert; the dancer Louise Weber, the outrageous La Goulue (‘The Glutton’), who created the Can-Can and dancer Jane Avril were all immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec. At the Folies Bergère dancer Loie Fuller was the apotheosis of Art Nouveau. A febrile era rose to a crescendo with Paris 1900, the largest World’s Fair ever staged!

l’ École de Nancy- the triumph of Art Nouveau

In 1901 Émile Gallé orchestrated the foundation of l’ École de Nancy (the School of Nancy), a confederation of manufacturers, which numbered the furniture maker Louis Majorelle, stained glass designer Jacques Gruber and the glass manufactory Daum freres.  Inspired by William Morris, Émile Gallé was committed to the ideal of the House Beautiful; furniture, ceramics, glass, and textiles were now ‘works of art’ created to beautify the home. Artists strove to unify and integrate their designs so that houses became ‘total works of art’. The city was transformed, as Art Nouveau houses, banks, shops, and cafés, many of which still survive, sprang up.  In Nancy, bucking the trend towards austere Modernism, Art Nouveau thrived up to the First World War planting the seeds for post-war Art Deco.

Luxembourg- the Birth of a European City

Despite its venerable history, the Duchy of Luxembourg is a relatively new country. The 1815 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Napoleonic Wars, placed Luxembourg City under Prussian control. Known as the ‘Gibraltar of the North’, the 1867 Treaty of London ordered the dismantling of the fortifications. Their demolition took sixteen years, cost 1.5 million gold francs, and led to the destruction of over 24 km (15 miles) of defences including casemates, batteries, and barracks. The city could now expand into new suburbs.   In 1890 the Duchy finally achieved independence and Luxembourg City regained its status as a capital city. Political stability allowed the arts to flourish; new commercial and residential buildings blended Art Nouveau and Jugendstil forms. Despite cross-border interconnections, there was a concerted effort to promote Luxembourgish, both the language and the local culture.

Art Nouveau in Budapest: the Hungarian Secession

%d bloggers like this: