Art of advertising is the topic for the first meeting of the season

Harry Fletcher and vice chairman Val Powser
Harry Fletcher and vice chairman Val Powser

Members of the Gainsborough and District Decorative and Fine Arts Society have had their first lecture following the summer break all about the art of advertising.

Former school master and now historian and artist, Harry Fletcher, was at the society’s meeting and the theme was the ‘art of advertising’.

Harry started with the work of Jules Charet, ‘Father of the Poster’, an accomplished lithographer who designed the famous posters for the entertainers of the Moulin Rouge in the Paris of the 1880’s and also of Rodolphe Salis and Alphonse Mucha.

Japanese art of the late 19th Century also proved a strong influence in the development of eye-catching and bold lithographic posters which were quickly adopted throughout Europe and America.

Harry’s excellent illustrations followed these iconic styles into the silk printing of Art Nouveau and Art Deco and onto the recruitment posters of World War One, the Ocean Liner, the railway and the cinema, including work of David Hockney and Andy Warhol.

Collectors in the saleroom today can pay seven figure sums for an original advertising poster.

The next meeting of the society is on 3rd October when Charles Hajdamach will speak on Venetian glass and its influences at 2pm at the Trinity Arts Centre.

Visitors are always welcome, £5 entrance and for membership call Mrs B Jones on 01427 788568.