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At the turn of the 20th century, Secession artists reclaimed the humble woodblock, short-lived and long overlooked by established art histories. Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and particularly Japonisme all influenced this bold style. Through prints, books, magazines, calendars and pages from Ver Sacrum, the official magazine of the Vienna Secession, this offers figure studies, portraits of animals, landscapes, patterns, and typographical treasures, with detailed captions and essays. In German, French and English.
Because of the medium itself, much of this work was produced in very small editions. Today these examples are quite scarce, making this massive collection a motherlode of never-before or rarely-collected works. And the size allows for superlative reproduction. With much in common with the modern, western influenced Japanese woodblock prints of 20th century artists like Bertha Lum (1869-1954), Helen Hyde (1868-1919), and Yoshida (1876-1950), this is exciting, innovative work.
Biographies for the more than 40 artists, including some giants like those mentioned above. This gathers works remarkable for their graphic and chromatic intensity. Coinciding with the travelling exhibition through the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt and Albertina, Vienna, this hughe Taschen edition brings together leading examples of the Viennese woodblock renaissance to give a long overdue exploration of its achievements and influence.
Examining their stark contours, stylization of the surface per se, and tendency towards contained color areas, the authors evaluate the Viennese woodblocks as essential harbingers, and benchmarks, of the 20th century modernism to come. At the same time, they assess how the dissemination of the woodblock substantiated the Seccessionist claim for a democratized, all-encompassing art.
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Item Code ARALH Publisher Taschen Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9783836539210 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 10x15 # Pages 414pg Color Partial Color