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Views of Albion

The Reception of British Art and Design in Central Europe, 1890–1918

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Andrzej Szczerski

Views of Albion is the first comprehensive study of the reception of British art and design in Central Europe at the turn of the twentieth century. The author proposes a new map of European Art Nouveau, where direct contacts between peripheral cultures were more significant than the influence of Paris. These new patterns of artistic exchange, often without historic precedence, gave art during this period its unique character and dynamism.
Beginning with an analysis of the concept of Central Europe, the book examines knowledge about British art and design in the region. In subsequent chapters the author looks at the reception of the Pre-Raphaelites in painting and graphic arts as well as analysing diverse responses to the Arts and Crafts Movement in Germany, Austria, Poland, Bohemia, Slovakia, Hungary and Southern Slavic countries. The epilogue reveals the British interest in Central Europe, echoed in the designs Walter Crane, Charles Robert Ashbee and publications of The Studio.
The book questions the insularity of British culture and offers new insights into art and design of Central Europe at the fin de siècle. It presents the region as a vital part of the international Art Nouveau, but also shows its specific features, visible in the works of artists such as Alfons Mucha, Gustav Klimt and Stanisław Wyspiański.

BIC Classifications

  • The arts (A)
    • History of art / art & design styles (AC)
      • History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900 (ACV)
  • Humanities (H)
    • History (HB)
      • History: earliest times to present day (HBL)
        • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900 (HBLL)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)

BISAC Classifications

  • Art (ART)
    • ART / History / General (ART015000)
  • History (HIS)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Eastern (HIS010010)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain (HIS015000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • Anthropology (SOC002)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General (SOC002000)

THEMA Classifications

  • The Arts (A)
    • Fine arts: treatments & subjects (AG)
      • History of art (AGA)
  • Reference, Information & Interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Regional studies (GTM)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
  • History & Archaeology (N)
    • History (NH)
      • European history (NHD)
      • History: specific events & topics (NHT)
        • National liberation & independence, post-colonialism (NHTR)
  • Children’s, Teenage & Educational (Y)
    • Educational material (YP)
      • Educational: Arts, general (YPA)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • Europe (1D)
      • Western Europe (1DD)
        • Ireland (1DDR)
      • Eastern Europe (1DT)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899 (3MN)
        • Later 19th century c 1850 to c 1899 (3MNQ)
          • Victorian Britain (3MNQ-GB-V)
      • 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (3MP)
      • 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100 (3MR)