Author(s): Rosalind P. Blakesley
Dating from the 1850s to the First World War, the Arts and Crafts Movement was an international phenomenon of enormous scope and influence. It encompassed everything from architecture to town planning, metalwork and embroidery, in places as diverse as California and Budapest. Born of thinkers and practitioners in Victorian England its ideological currents reflect the era’s most pressing social, political and artistic concerns.
Early British Arts and Crafts practitioners campaigned for a revival of old craft techniques, for the elevation of the applied arts and for honesty in design. These aims were quickly picked up and developed across Europe and the United States, with many national variants soon emerging. In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated introduction to the subject, Rosalind Blakesley explores the common ideas that give cohesion to this wide and stylistically varied movement.
Rosalind P Blakesley is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and a fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Her research interests include the Arts and Crafts Movement, and Russian art. She lecturers widely on the subject and is a regular contributor to many journals. Her publications include An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum published in 2003.
Introduction - Chapter 1. Tackling the 'Inexhaustible Mines of Bad Taste': The Birth of Arts and Crafts Ideas - Chapter 2. William Morris and the Early Years: the 1860s and 1870s - Chapter 3. A Communal Affair: the 1880s and 1890s - Chapter 4. The Expansion outside London - Chapter 5. 'A Cry of Delight Sounded throughout Europe': the Low Countries, Germany and Austria - Chapter 6. National Reverberations in Hungary and Poland - Chapter 7. Russia's Merchants, Aristocrats and Artisans - Chapter 8. Questions of Identity in Nordic Climes - Chapter 9. Transformations across the Atlantic - Epilogue - Notes - Bibliography - Index