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Modernism: Modernist Design 1880-1940

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Modernism: Modernist Design 1880-1940
Alastair Duncan. Modernism: Modernist Design 1880-1940, The Norwest Collection. The term Modernism has been adopted by the art community in recent years to embrace a diverse range of architecture and decorative, applied and graphic arts which was created between the emergence of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain around 1880 to the outbreak of the Second World War. The term is commonly applied to those forward-looking architects, designers and artisans who freed themselves from historicism and the tyranny of past styles. Their ground-breaking visions liberated art from centuries of servitude to revivalist-inspired design in form and decoration. A new international design vocabulary emerged and the tenet of Modernism continues to influence much of today’s art, design and architecture. Alastair Duncan systematically examines the core period 1880-1940. Using the museum’s modernist design collection, its steady evolution is traced through the six principal movements commonly associated with the decorative and applied arts: ARTS AND CRAFTS, 1875-1915; ART NOUVEAU, 1880-1910; WIENER WERKSTÄTTE, 1903-1933; DE STIJL, 1917-1928; BAUHAUS, 1919-1933; and ART DECO, 1920-1940. 276pp, over 100 color plates, hardcover.

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