The Nineteen Twenties Style, Yvonne Brunhammer
The 1920s were exciting and crucial days in the development of modern art and design. Artists of the 19th century had rejected the machine and had attempted an artificial revival of craftsmanship. In contrast, the artists and designers of the '20s eagerly took advantage of industrial techniques in order to bring beaugiful and functional machine-made objects into everyday life. Le Corbusier said, 'The great life of the machine has shaken society, has snapped all chains, opened all doors, and cast its eyes in every direction.' Walter Gropius at the Bauhaus led the way in architecture, rejecting elements reminiscent of the past and experimenting with new materials, exploiting their intrinsic qualities and evolving new ideas of form and structure. Architects also became interested in furniture, and chairs by Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe are considered classic designs. Picasso, Braque, Klee and Mondrian all had a decisive influence on the 1920s style, while the poet Marinetti could say, 'Speed is our God, the new canon of beauty: a racing car is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.' The author vividly evokes the revolutionary spirit of the age with her survey of architecture, painting, ballet, fashion, posters, pottery, furniture, interior design and the motor car.
The Nineteen Twenties Style, Yvonne Brunhammer, very good copy
Paul Hamlyn, 1969, hardcover with dust jacket, 19,3 x 13,8 x 1,8 cm, 159 pages
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