Decadence: In Morbid Colours- Art and the Idea of Decadence in the Bohemian Lands 1880-1914

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Born from a bizarre, fin-de-siècle amalgam of dandyism, occultism and Symbolism, Decadence moved the Romantic imagination firmly indoors, into a morbid, mauve-hued interior with Redon on the walls and Poe on the bookshelves. Czech art was well suited to express the Decadent temperament, and In Morbid Colours reveals, for the first time, the incredible cornucopia of fantastical, proto-Surrealist art produced under this rubric between 1880 and 1914. Full of superb color illustrations, it details the work of artists such as Frantisek Bilek, Karel Hlavácek, Frantisek Kavan, Benes Knüpfer, Gabriel Max, Alfons Mucha, Max Pirner, Jan Preisler, Jakub Schikaneder, Hanus Schwaiger, Max Svabinsky and Josef Váchal, as well as artists with ties to Czech art such as Alfred Kubin, August Brömse and Richard Teschner. All of these artists constitute a hitherto-undiscovered world unto themselves, and each is embellished here with superbly-researched commentary and excerpts from contemporaneous Decadent literature.

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ARBOR VITAE SHORT PRESENTATION Arbor vitae publishing, established in 1992, has always specialised in art publications, catalogues and monographs as well as producing exhibitions. In 1998 the De arte Series was started featuring journals, essays, quotations and memoirs by eminent Czech and international painters, sculptors and architects. This series, today numbering nearly 30, was awarded the first prize in the Most Beautiful Book of the Year competition by the Czech minister of culture. The Texts about Architecture Series presents essential works of Czech and international architectural thought. The Vera Effigies Series includes text monographs by famous artists from the turn of the 20th century (such as Karel Hlavá ek, Alfred Kubin, Arnold Schönberg, and Edvard Munch). The Louisa Series features fairytales and legends illustrated by contemporary Czech artists and graphic designers. The AV Series introduces poetry, fiction and literary essays with original artistic accompaniment. The monographs and catalogues, presenting both Czech and international artists, published by Arbor vitae received a number of awards in the Most Beautiful Book of the Year Competition including the first prize in two main categories. The publishing house closely co-operates with the Klatovy / Klenová Gallery, Mánes Exhibition Hall, Egon Schiele Art Centre in eský Krumlov, Moravian Gallery in Brno, Museum of Design, Prague Municipal House and many other Czech and international institutions. In 2006 Arbor vitae was honoured with the prize for being a cultural asset to the Czech book market by the Czech Literary Fund Foundation. From 2007, Arbor vitae also specialises in production and realisation of contemporary and modern art exhibitions, such as Decadence: In Morbid colours in the Municipal House, Prague; Franti ek Skála in Vienna, Martin Mainer, Eva Kmentová in the gallery Mánes etc. Currently Arbor vitae prepares a large and unique exhibition project entitled The Brussels Dream: Czechoslovakian presence at the Expo 58 in Brussels and the lifestyle of the early 1960s .

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