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Prague 1900 : Poetry and Ecstasy

Becker, Edwin / Prahl, Roman / Wittlich, Petr - Editors

Published by Van Gogh Museum/Uitgeverij Waanders b.v., Amsterdam, 2000
ISBN 10: 9040093911 / ISBN 13: 9789040093913
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Title: Prague 1900 : Poetry and Ecstasy

Publisher: Van Gogh Museum/Uitgeverij Waanders b.v., Amsterdam

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: Exhibition Catalogue


228 pp. Profusely illustrated in colour and b/w. Published in conjunction with a travelling exhibition organized by the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam 17 December 1999 - 26 March 2000. Exhibition examining the variety of painting, sculpture, architecture, applied and decorative arts in the Czech capital at the beginning of the twentieth century with accompanying essays by Michael Huig, Iva Janakova, Lubos Merhaut, Marta Ottova, Sylva Petrova, Alena Pomajzlova, Roman Prahl, and Petr Wittlich. Also includes artist biographies, notes and index. Internally clean without marks or additions.Faint age toning to the extremities. Sound binding. Green cloth covered boards with stamped titles printed in navy blue. Colour illustrated dustjacket is protected by plastic book wrap. Slight soiling to tail edge of text block from shelving otherwise in fine condition. Due to weight (1.5 kg/3.3 lbs + packaging) additional shipping charges are required. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 008525

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Synopsis: This lavishly illustrated book introduces the world of fin-de-siècle Prague. Around 1900, city's artists and artisans began to develop a particular ornamental language inspired by the contemporary revival of Czech culture and influenced by Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, and the Vienna Secession. To begin with, lyricism and poetic symbolism dominated the visual arts. Jan Preisler, one of the most important figures of the time, created sensual paintings and sculptures based on themes connected to the writings of such Czech authors as Zeyer and Brezina. Other artists such as Kobliha and Hlavácek focused on turbulent forms, dramatic expressions of torment, and the macabre. In the applied arts, exuberant floral and vegetal motifs were gradually transformed into geometric patterns.

Prague 1900 charts the effects of the emergence of modernism and the search for Czech national identity in both the fine and the applied arts, as well as in architecture, music, and literature. The book also includes a wealth of illustrations of interiors, architectural and sculptural details and documentary photographs. Biographies of the most important artists are provided, as well as a full chronology of artists and events.

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