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Art Deco (The World's Greatest Art) Paperback – Illustrated, 6 Apr 2005


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing; New edition edition (6 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844512592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844512591
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.6 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Powers is Reader in Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich. He specializes in the history of twentieth century art, architecture and design, and has written books on textiles, houses, shop fronts, and book jacket design. He has had a long involvement with the Twentieth Century Society as a caseworker, Vice-Chairman and as one of the editors of its journal, Twentieth Century Architecture.

Camilla de la Bédoyère is a researcher, writer and journalist who has a special interest in modern art and design, particularly the Art Deco era. She is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers and has written numerous educational books for children, non-fiction titles for adults and learning materials for visitors to the Natural History Museum. She is also the author of World’s Greatest Art: Art Nouveau and Louis Comfort Tiffany: Masterworks.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Browse through this stubby little volume for an awesome cross-section of Art Deco design, from jewellery through furniture and ceramics to architecture. There are some pretty good poster designs and several paintings by Tamara de Lempicka, of course. The layout is unusual, and the first section is titled "How to use this book". After a brief introduction, the objects are classified under the slightly eccentric headings of "Movement", "Society", "Places", "Influences" and "Techniques". I'm not entirely sure how this system works - the objects don't seem especially relevant to the headings - but there are lots of cross-references and a good index, so it doesn't really matter. The text fills in the background for each item and is easy to follow but - be warned - in TINY PRINT! The book is only just over 6 inches square but this is not an excuse as the layout wastes useable space as blank white paper. That's why I gave it just 3 stars.

The photographs are mostly good quality despite their modest size (although a few are contemporary illustrations), and the range of examples brought together is amazing. All the classics are here, plus some really unexpected stuff. Just browsing through this book will give the reader a very rich and well-informed impression of Art Deco design. This book will be useful to collectors, art students, interior designers, practical design students in all media, and the general enthusiast. It would make an excellent gift.

There are also books in the series on Arts and Crafts, and on Art Nouveau; worth looking out if you're interested in the period. They are Arts and Crafts (The World's Greatest Art) and Art Nouveau (The World's Greatest Art).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juice on 13 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
Having recently developed an interest in all things Art Deco I wanted to buy a book which would give me a brief overview of this genre of art and architecture and I cannot recommend this book more highly. As a starter it is perfect with just the right information to go with the superb illustrations. I found myself wanting to get straight on the computer to find out more about the various artists that had intrigued me and have this book to thank for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 May 2014
Format: Paperback
I am not sure why there are so many cover illustrations for this book. Ths one is a detail from "Dormeuse", 1935, by Tamara de Lempicka. This is a small book, 17cm x 16cm, with 384 pages and is beautifully illustrated. Throughout the works are reproduced in first-class colour and number over 170.

The artists featured are Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Leon Bakst, Leonetto Cappiello, Eileen Gray, Edgar Brandt, Gerald Spencer Pryse, Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Bonfils, Jacques-Emilie Ruhlmann, Maurice Dufrène, A. M. Cassandre, Tamara de Lempicka, Marcel-Andre Bouraine, Jean Dunand, Ruth Reeves, René Lalique, William Van Allen, Raymond Templier, Edouard Bénédictus, Dmitri Chiparus, Susie Cooper, Paul Manship, Raymond Hood, Jean Dupas, Clarice Cliff, Paul Fallot, Walter Dorwin Teague, John Atherton, Albert Staehle, Leslie Ragan, Jean Saudé, André Lagrange, Pierre Legrain, C. R. W. Nevinson, Henri Rapin, Edward Budd, Daniel H. Burham Jr, Josef Hoffmann, Georges Braque, Robert Atkinson and Norman Bel Geddes.

The main part of the book shows the reproduction with the facing page containing the artist, the title of the work and its date, and a short description about the artist and their Art Deco activities. Information is also provided about the Movement they belonged to, the medium, the titles and dates of similar works, and the years of their birth and death. I would agree with the earlier reviewer that additional information might have been included but the layout is very clear and, even if twice as much had been included, it would still have been just an introduction to the artist. Where more than one work by an individual artist is shown, the biographical texts complement one another.
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