Whilst in Lisbon we discovered the amazing Berardo Museu Art Deco, which hosts an inspiring and beautiful collection of both art movements. This belongs to the art collector Joe Berardo and was opened last year. The collection features ceramics, paintings, sculptures and furniture, all illustrating the characteristics of these two styles. Another bonus is having the opportunity to do some wine tasting at the end of the tour as Berardo is a producer of quality wine. (Yes, of course we did. Saude!)
Art Nouveau design emphasises organic forms, using delicate curves and long lines with a lot of ornamentation. It was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, and Deco was a reaction to World War 1, and made use of the developments created by the Industrial Revolution. Deco emphasises symmetry and streamlines basic shapes.
I have just selected a few of my favourite pieces from the collection to share with you.
The Art Deco symmetrical shaped gates leading to the collection
Some people think this flower is a nuisance weed but I adore them, especially when they go to seed. To me they are sparkles of beauty when they are weighed down by the rain, and glisten against the darkness, through my lens. Sometimes we have to look harder to see the sparkle in ourselves and others but it’s the small sparkles that can make the difference to the way we live our lives.
These photographs celebrate all those people who make our lives sparkle.
After almost three years of lockdown misery, we flew over the sea and arrived in Portugal’s beautiful capital, Lisbon. It was a feast to the eye, inspiration to the intellect and a pleasure to the heart. The city is a juxtaposition of the old and new, but both elements compliment each other.
The oldest part of Lisbon is Alfama, which is a labyrinth of narrow, steep, cobbled lanes leading up to the 11th century Sao Jorge Castle. There is the contrast of rustic houses and cafes and shops, with amazing colourful Street Art, and recycled pretty innovations to help reduce the carbon footprint. This was my favourite part of the city, and I would have liked to spend more time mooching around it, but a sprained ankle sadly stopped this. (That’s a cautionary tale about wearing sunglasses inside hotels)
It has been so difficult to decide what photographs to include in this first post of four, but I have mainly featured images taken from Alfarma, and the views from our hotel roof bar which capture the surrounding area of the city.
I hope these shots inspire you to go and take a look at Lisbon for yourself. And please watch out for other posts in the near future looking at Lisbon’s exciting Art Nouveau and Deco Museum, the wonderful collection of Modern Art (From Constructivism to Pop Art) at the Museu Colecao Berardo and a post featuring Lisbon’s street art, as there was so much to see.
“Saude/Cheers” and thanks for taking the time to look at my post.