Prague 1900 : Poetry and Ecstasy

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

Published by Van Gogh Museum/Uitgeverij Waanders b.v., 2000
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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 #

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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.

From Library Journal: This catalog of an exhibit at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the Museum of Applied Art, Frankfurt, looks at all the visual arts, as well as literature and music, in what was one of the largest provincial cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire a century ago. As in other European provincial centers (e.g., Glasgow, Barcelona, or Turin), there was a remarkable cultural efflorescence centered around local pride and emerging nationalism, all tinged with flavorings of such international movements as Symbolism, Art Nouveau, and Expressionism. Other than Alphonse Mucha, most of the artists featured here will be unfamiliar to nonspecialists, but they and their cultural milieu are well presented by a team of Czech authors. Most objects are from Czech collections. The English translations are good, the plates are excellent, and the volume will serve general audiences as a broad introduction while providing the specialist with a wealth of unfamiliar images. Recommended.DJack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs.
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Title: Prague 1900 : Poetry and Ecstasy
Publisher: Van Gogh Museum/Uitgeverij Waanders b.v.
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Cloth
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: Exhibition Catalogue

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