Views of Albion: The Reception of British Art and Design in Central Europe, 1890-1918

September 29, 2015|
Views of Albion: The Reception of British Art and Design in Central Europe, 1890-1918 by Andrzej Szczerski
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Views of Albion is the first comprehensive study of the reception of British art and design in Central Europe at the turn of the twentieth century. The author proposes a new map of European Art Nouveau, where direct contacts between peripheral cultures were more significant than the influence of Paris. These new patterns of artistic exchange, often without historic precedence, gave art during this period its unique character and dynamism.
Beginning with an analysis of the concept of Central Europe, the book examines knowledge about British art and design in the region. In subsequent chapters the author looks at the reception of the Pre-Raphaelites in painting and graphic arts as well as analysing diverse responses to the Arts and Crafts Movement in Germany, Austria, Poland, Bohemia, Slovakia, Hungary and Southern Slavic countries. The epilogue reveals the British interest in Central Europe, echoed in the designs Walter Crane, Charles Robert Ashbee and publications of The Studio.
The book questions the insularity of British culture and offers new insights into art and design of Central Europe at the fin de siècle. It presents the region as a vital part of the international Art Nouveau, but also shows its specific features, visible in the works of artists such as Alfons Mucha, Gustav Klimt and Stanisław Wyspiański.
Andrzej Szczerski is an art historian and curator based at the Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University. He is the president of the Polish section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and vice-president of AICA International. He has published previously on Polish and Central European art, design and architect...
Title:Views of Albion: The Reception of British Art and Design in Central Europe, 1890-1918
Product dimensions:8.86 X 5.91 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:8.86 X 5.91 X 0.98 in
Published:September 29, 2015
Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9783034317429

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