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Klimt: Life and Work

Author: Susanna Partsch
ISBN: 1840133139
Pub. Date: May 2004
Publisher: Grange Books

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Book description:
Gustav Klimt was the great master of the Viennese variant of the Art Nouveau movement known as "Jugenstil". His beautiful, ornamental, and often gilded paintings, as well as his remarkable depictions of women, have made him world famous. A part from his decorative Art Nouveau work, he made a great many refined drawings, mainly featuring highly sensual female nudes. 

The milieu and achievements of this remarkable artist are portrayed by highlighting: 

-- Vienna as a "total artwork" 
-- Jugenstil painting and Symbolism 
-- The heroic years of the Vienna Secession 
-- The celebrated Beethoven Frieze 
-- The Kiss, theme and variations 
-- The Femme fatale 

Owing to the richness of his palette and the stark drama of his paintings, Klimt's popularity continues. With handsome color reproductions and a comprehensive text, this volume is a tribute to an artist who continues to engage, surprise, and fascinate us.

 


Art Nouveau (DK Collector's Guides)

Author: Judith Miller
ISBN: 1405302518
Pub. Date: May 2004
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

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Book description:
Whether a long-lived passion or a new found pleasure, explore the beauty and originality of Art Nouveau with this sumptuous collector's guide. From furniture to metalwork, jewellery to sculptures - over 1,100 individually priced items, with up-to-date valuations and unique historical information, are presented by subject area. With in-depth coverage of all the major designers and factories, including Emile Galle and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, you can't afford to buy or sell without it.

 


Lötz, Bohemian glass 

ISBN:
3775713220
Pub. Date: November 2003
Publisher: Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern

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Book description:
The Lotz glass manufacturer gained international importance with its art nouveau style glass which was built into an independent and diversified product line. Lotz's artistic claims were reinforced by ibtensive contacts with the art scene in Vienna, expecially with the circle around Josef Hofmann and Koloman Moser, and the dealer and applied arts publisher, Whelm Bakalowits. Around the turn of the 20th century, the manufacturer's speciality was glass in metallic iridescent colours. In the period before World War I and the focus shifted to monochrome opal glass in contrasting colours. This exhibition catalogue is accompanied by a CD-ROM presenting 5000 sectional model views of the manufacturer's production.

 


Viennese Silver
Modern design 1780-1918

Author: Markus Brüderlin et al.
ISBN: 3775713174
Pub. Date: September 2003
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers

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Book description:
The history of modern design is not only older but much more multifaceted than commonly assumed. This thesis is elegantly borne out through an exploration of the work and influence of the Vienna avant-garde of the Biedermeier period, an era that brought forth shapes and forms which have lost none of their appeal, even today. If the towering objects that appear together on the cover of this book give the effect of a futuristic city, they thereby prove that their design stands the test of time, resoundingly relevant to our current design view thanks to its creative innovation. In fin-de-siècle Vienna, the designs of Josef Hoffman and Koloman Moser for the Wiener Werkstätte were informed by the intellectual content of that time. Since then, many of their ideas and the ideas of the Vienna avant-garde found their way into mass production; in this way have they trickled down into today's design vocabulary, primarily via the Bauhaus and de Stijl movements. Viennese Silver: An Adventure in Time 1800-1900 compares 180 carefully selected Viennese silver objects from the classicist to the Wiener Werkstätte periods with 20th-century architectural and design objects, exploring the question of Vienna's contribution to the development of modern design.



Hector Guimard, 
Architect designer (1867-1942)

Author: Georges Vigne
Photography: Felipe Ferré

ISBN:
0-929445-20-1
Pub. Date: August 2003
Publisher: Delano Greenidge Editions

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Book description:
Best known for his Paris subway entrances (floating forms of glass and metal), Guimard completed several major—but almost unknown—landmarks during his lifetime. An enigmatic figure, not one personal letter from or to Guimard survives. He was an architect who worked alone like an artist in his studio.

In lush color, Hector Guimard: Architect, Designer (1867-1942) presents a comprehensive, chronological inventory of the architect’s work. The book is the product of a remarkable collaboration between art historian Georges Vigne and photographer Felipe Ferré. Combining Ferré’s 30-year photographic project on Guimard with authoritative biographical and historical texts by Vigne, the book returns this nearly forgotten master in line with the major architects of the 20th century.

 


Design, Vienna 1890s-1930s       

Author: Joann Skrypzak, Barbara Copeland Buenger,
ISBN:
0932900968
Pub. Date: July 2003
Publisher: Elvehjem Art Center

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Book description:
Barbara Buenger traces the development of Viennese modernism from turn-of-the-century Jugendstil (as Art Nouveau was known in German-speaking countries) to early twentieth-century Expressionism, and interwar Art Deco. This exhibition catalogue features 103 fine and decorative art works produced by the Vienna Secession and Wiener Werkstätte movements between the 1890s and 1930s. The fully illustrated catalog features textiles, furniture, ceramics, paintings and prints, books, metalwork, glass, and a variety of other objects from a private midwestern collection.

 

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Art Nouveau, 1890-1914        

Author:  Paul Greenhalgh
ISBN:
0810942194
Format: Hardcover, 496pp
Pub. Date: October 2000
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N. Incorporated

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Art Nouveau: Art & Ideas

Author: Stephan Escritt
ISBN:
0714838225
Format: Paperback , 447 pages
Pub. Date: June 2002
Publisher: Phaidon Press, Incorporated

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Art Nouveau 

Author:  Gabriele Fahr-Becker
ISBN:
3895084441
Format: Hardcover , 420 pages
Pub. Date: May 1998
Publisher: Koneman UK Ltd

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Miller's Art Nouveau & Art Deco Buyer's Guide       

Author:  Eric Knowles
ISBN:
1840003758

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Pub. Date: Feb 2001
Publisher: Miller's Publications

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Essential Art Nouveau

Author:  Paul Greenhalgh
ISBN:
1851772960

Format: Hardcover, 96pp
Pub. Date: Mar 2000
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N. Incorporated

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