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Czech Glass 1945-1980: Design in an Age of Adversity [Hardcover]

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Czech glass art began to develop on a high artistic level after 1945. Little is still known about the early works of artists like Ren, Roub!cek, Stanislav Libensky and his wife Jaroslava Brychtov , or V clav Cigler, Pavel Hlava, Vladim!r Kopecky, and Jir! Harcuba. The crucial factor for the high standards of Czech glass design was the excellent training at the glass institutes of Northern Bohemia in Novy Bor, Kamenicky Senov, and Zelezny Brod, but most importantly the severe demands for quality in design inculcated by the Prague Academy upon nearly all the artists who later became successful. The high quality of Czech glass became known in the West during the 1970s. The artists were acknowledged through their exploration of the sculptural potential of glass and creating new works of art. As a result, Czech glass art established itself as the third European powerhouse together with Scandinavia and Murano. Since the 1980s, it has been the undisputed leader in European glass art. Czech Glass 1945-198

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Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.02" Width: 9.29" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   5.47 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2005
Publisher   Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt Gmbh
ISBN  3897902176  
ISBN13  9783897902176  

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More About Helmut Ricke

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ricke studied art history, history, and archaeology in Gottingen and Heidelbert. He has worked at the Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf since 1972, serving as director of the collections from 1995 to the present, and has been director of the Glasmuseum Hentrich since 1990.

Helmut Ricke currently resides in Dusseldorf. Helmut Ricke was born in 1943.

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excellent work on all aspects of this notable type of art glass  Sep 7, 2005
The large middle section, pages 136-370, is a catalog of mostly color photographs of Czech glass of the period covered done by the leading, most artistically skilled, glassmakers. This bountiful catalog demonstrates why Czech glass has in the relatively short time since the 1970s when it became widely known throughout Europe and other Western countries one of the most sought-after types of art glass. But the catalog is only the beginning of the varied, extensive content of this coffee-table size work of value to those with a specialized, well-developed interest in the field of glass. Eight introductory essays by experts cover Czech glass from its artistic and historical origins through its worldwide recognition largely from a 1959 exhibition in Moscow and designs for glass works kept at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. Back matter (appendices) include bibliographical annotations of the glass artists; which besides their photographs, includes awards, exhibitions, and references in printed works. The back section after this has facsimiles of all of the artists' signatures. There are also informative sections supplementing the essays preceding the catalog. From aesthetic appreciation of the glass to information on the artists and the industry to crucial technical material such as signatures and more, "Czech Glass" contains everything anyone could be looking for on this subject.

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