Interior decoration, applied arts and jewelry: the Art Deco movement imposed the prevailing taste of the time, involving designers and artists until the threshold of kitsch. An illustrated encyclopedia.
The Art Deco movement, which began in Paris and spread around the world in the 1920s and 1930s, launched a Modernist version of pre-war Art Nouveau onto the market. It rejected the sinuous lines and the naturalist linear formulas, favoring both geometrical and essential forms and compositions, and advocating the use of precious materials and a search for inspirational models from other cultures. Animated by the search for modernity, Art Deco invaded every creative field. Many of its exponents became some of the most famous artists of the century. Every creation, whether objects, paintings or buildings, became the mirror of an age, a taste and a demand for strong renewal.
This book on the genre has an encyclopedic format, structured in macro-categories which cover the entire output of that period: from interior decoration to sculpture, painting and graphic art, glass, lamps and fabrics, ceramics, objects in silver, gold and other metals, and beautiful examples of jewelry. Each field is illustrated through the creators and the works themselves. The second part of the book takes the form of an alphabetical list of designers, artists, and craft experts worthy of mention. Finally, a glossary and a selected bibliography make this book an easy source to consult.