Art for All: The Colour Woodcut in Vienna around 1900
'Among the most revelatory exhibition catalogs of the year .. This extra-large book fleshes out the Viennese art world at the turn of the 20th century with 48 unfamiliar artists, one-quarter of them women, who turned to printmaking to produce more affordable art. The distinctive geometric patterns of the Viennese avant-garde dominate, but other styles are also in play, and the handsome color reproductions sometimes seem suitable for framing' - New York Times
At the turn of the 20th century, a group of Secession artists reclaimed the humble woodblock. Elevating a primarily illustrative, mass-production medium to the status of fine art, the woodblock revival set a formal precedent for Expressionism while democratising an art for all.
Coinciding with the travelling exhibition through the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt and Albertina, Vienna, this beautiful book edition together leading examples of the Viennese woodblock renaissance to give a long overdue exploration of its achievements and influence.
Through figure studies, landscapes, patterns, and typographical treasures, the featured works are accompanied by detailed captions, as well as essays exploring their aesthetic and ideological implications, and biographies for the more than 40 artists.
- Author: Max Hollein,Director of the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Date published: August 2016
- Language: English, French and German
- ISBN: 978-3836539210
- Product Dimensions: 38.1 x 25.4 cm