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Biedermeier [Hardcover]

By Jiri Rak & Lawrence Jenkins (Translator)
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This book sets out to investigate the wealth of the artistic production that developed in Central Europe (Austria and Bohemia in particular) in the first half of the 19th century, when Biedermeier appeared as an original attempt to give rise to a "universal" stylistic expression. Its simplicity of line, rigorous and simple although not lacking in elegance and refinement, the appearance of the first craft productions based on standard models and its unquestionable modernity all make Biedermeier the first example of design, the undisputed point of breakdown between Classicism and Modernism. Indeed, it is considered on the most fascinating genres of the 19th century.

The volume offers a 360° view of Central European production using more than 300 objects of extraordinary originality, quality and workmanship from the National Gallery and Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts of Prague and from major Bohemian museums. Paintings, furnishings, sculptures, drawings, graphic works, artistic craftsmanship, jewels, ceramics and glassware that decorated the homes of gentry and bourgeois, miniatures, daguerreotypes... Remarkable pieces such as the refined lady's desk, designed and constructed in the workshop of the most important creator of Biedermeier furniture, the Viennese Josef Danhauser (1780- 1829), and a beautiful lyre- shaped secrétaire with walnut veneer and musical motif carvings that overcome the ostentation of Empire style.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Skira
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.75" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   3.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 5, 2001
Publisher   Skira
ISBN  888118866X  
ISBN13  9788881188666  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > European
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Commercial > General
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Design > Decorative
4Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Austria
5Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Germany > General
6Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Antiques & Collectibles > General
7Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Interior Design > Style

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A Superb and Informative Book  Feb 10, 2010
First, the objects speak for themselves -- to anyone who doesn't have an aesthetic heart of stone.

Furniture, utterly functional, embracing clean lines, simple shapes, yet revolutionarily designed to let the natural beauty of the wood be the centerpiece. Porcelain ceramics with gild, but, notably, with decorations of local scenes that celebrate regional things, not just the wealth of the owner. Visual art that centers on the individual, the family, rather than on gods and goddesses cavorting. Tumblers and glassware, pellucid, glowing things that are oddly modern in their strong geometric shapes. This book even extends into clothing (peasant-y details), jewelry, visual art, and even a couple of images of beautiful spitoons which, apparently, were a new and polite development in middle-class homes.

Like the best books with illustrations, the text informs the pictures and the pictures inform the text.

So here's what this book shows me -- Biedermeier isn't a single artistic movement but is rather a complicated, wholesale, and multi-faceted shift. Goodbye Neo-Classical, French, Napoleonic splendor. Hello 20th century.

When I get my time machine, I'm not going to go to the US to purchase Federal furniture. I'm going to Austria and Bohemia to purchase Biedermeier objects.

Hardback with dustjacket, 263 pp, sewn binding. 3 essays. Mostly color illustrations on every page. Index, Chronology, Bibliography, Appendices.

The Biedermeier Period in Austria and Bohmeia and its Legacy
Biedermeier and its Semantics
Biedermeier: A Bourgeois Style in the Restoration Period

The Social Ethos
Placing the Objects: Form and Style
The Cult of the Family
The City: Life and Entertainment
Between Nature and Industry
The 1848 Revolution and the End of Biedermeier

Biographical Notes and a List of Manufacturers (12 pp)
Bibliography (3 pp)

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