French Art Nouveau at the Sainsbury Centre

Date Posted: 06/01/2014

Opening on 14th February at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, Sense and Sensuality: Art Nouveau 1890-1914 Masterpieces from the Victor and Gretha Arwas Collection, will explore the Art Nouveau school of work from across the channel.

In this exhibition, the drama and spectacle of contemporary life will be explored across a range of media through a selection of works from the famous collection of Victor and Gretha Arwas.

About Sense and Sensuality

Students on a school trip to the exhibition can expect to see work by Emile Gallé, Eugène Grasset, Alphonse Mucha, Jean Carries, René Lalique, Rupert Carabin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Berthon, and Georges de Feure.

Collectively, Symbolist art and poetry affected the artists and designers of the Art Nouveau style and its imagery is often mystical, erotic and dreamlike.

School visits to the Sainsbury Centre

The centre can tailor tours and workshops to tie in with special interests or project work; for example on a particular artist, cultural group, movement, specific theme, subject or geographical area.

Access to this service is just one of the benefits of joining the centre’s School Friends scheme.

Sense and Sensuality will run until 14th December; concessionary rates are available for school groups visiting the exhibition.

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Pictured: Maurice Bouval (1863-1916) Sommeil ou La Femme aux Pavots (Sleep or Woman with Poppies), 1900 Gilt bronze on marble base 45 x 26 x 18 cm Arwas Archives.

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