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Louis Comfort Tiffany

DUNCAN, Alastair

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ISBN 10: 0810938626 / ISBN 13: 9780810938625
Published by Abrams, New York, 1992
Condition: fine Hardcover
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With 116 illustrations, including 53 color plates. 4to, purple cloth, d.w. New York: Abrams, 1992. First edition. A fine copy in a fine dust wrapper. The Library of American Art series. Bookseller Inventory # 172220

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Title: Louis Comfort Tiffany

Publisher: Abrams, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), whose name is synonymous with brilliantly colored stained glass, with Art Nouveau and with the Gilded Age, is one of the masters of American decorative arts. His research in the chemistry of glass enabled him to produce the famed Favrile iridescent glassware. He collaborated with the jewelers at Tiffany & Company, his father's renowned store, to create precious objets d'art, and he created unique and lavish architectural projects. This new volume in the Abrams Library of American Art examines Tiffany's life and career, from his beginnings as a painter influenced by the Hudson River School to his spectacular and innovative designs for the homes of America's magnates and luminaries (including Mark Twain's house in Connecticut).
Alastair Duncan, a leading authority on Tiffany, presents the artist in context. In an illuminating essay and in commentaries on the artworks, he explores the artist's background and upbringing in the world of upper-class New York society, his decision to become a painter, his fascination with the sinuous natural forms of Art Nouveau, and his relationship with the other leading artists and designers of his era. Tiffany's ecclesiastical and secular windows are examined in depth and pictured in lush color, as are many of his most elaborate and beautiful lampshades, vases, and smaller objects. Important works in private collections, rarely or never before pictured, are reproduced here.
Tiffany's achievement was immense and far-reaching. He was the first to propose nonreligious subject matter for church windows, the first to mass-produce finely made glassware and leaded glass for the general public. In many ways Tiffany exemplified the bold, experimental creative style of America in the Gilded Age.
With its fine reproduction and detailed commentary, this volume fully reveals Tiffany the artist. It is enhanced by a chronology, selected bibliography, and full index.

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Jacob Baal-Teshuva, born 1929, is author, critic and independent curator of museums shows. He studied at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem and at New York University. His numerous publications include works on Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Jacob Baal-Teshuva lives and works in New York and Paris.

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