Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was offers a unique perspective on the decorative arts of the mid-twentieth century. The first serious book to be published on this pivotal period, it focuses on 200 of the finest objects from the most important designers and artists of the time. Together with some 300 comparative illustrations, these works create a rich and surprisingly diversified image of the Modern period in design.
About the Author:
Renowned historian Paul Johnson has written a thought-provoking essay on the political background of the years 1935-1965, and each chapter opens with an insightful examination into each style. The individual entries, by noted experts in the fields of furniture, ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork, and graphic design, present a wealth of information on the works as well as an understanding of their techniques. Detailed biographies of all the designers and histories of the companies responsible for creating the objects make this book an invaluable reference tool.
A major contribution to the literature on design, in terms of both its range and depth, and a beautifully produced object in itself, Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was is based on the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, a superb ensemble of objects that forms the core of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal. Both the collection and this volume promise ample rewards for anyone interested in design and the decorative arts.
Martin Eidelberg has been professor of art history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, since 1964. Paul Johnson is an historian, and the author of several books, including Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties, A History of the Jews, A History of Christianity, and A History of the American People.
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