Art Nouveau Masterpieces
ISBN10: 1558598448 ISBN13: 9781558598447 Publisher: Abbeville Pr Published: Oct 1 1996 Pages: 190 Weight: 4.15lbs. Height: 13.50" Width: 10.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Inspired by late 19th-century crafts movements fathered by William Morris, the artists of the R rstrand factory took nationalistic pride in incorporating their indigenous flora and fauna into their exquisite designs, transforming wintry berry springs and northern sea creatures into elegant three-dimensional works of art that appealed to a sophisticated European clientele.
Illustrated with objects from Robert Schreiber's outstanding collection, supplemented with craftsmen's drawings and archival documents, Nystr m's thoroughly researched text includes engaging glimpses of the culture surrounding R rstrand (a former castle), especially the close-knit community of insightful administrators, talented designers and inventors, and artisans. The book chronicles not only the company's artistic achievements but the day-to-day personalities and decisions behind the emergence of this once-utilitarian factory as the birthplace of some of Sweden's most beautiful decorative objects.