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Bamana [édition anglaise] [Paperback]

Jean-Paul Colleyn

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June 1 2009 Visions d'Afrique
Présentation inédite de merveilleux bijoux, d’une exceptionnelle beauté. « Une nouvelle et impérissable beauté », voilà comment l’artiste et architecte Henry van de Velde a décrit la bijouterie Art Nouveau. La bijouterie fut une des expressions les plus créatrices du style Art Nouveau. Elle prend forme en Europe à la fin du XIXe et au début du XXe siècle et offre un nombre infini de formes sensuelles, des motifs splendides, variés et empreints d’un fort symbolisme. De nombreux dessinateurs associés à ce mouvement ont puisé leur inspiration ailleurs que dans la bijouterie de tradition, auprès des Pré-raphaélites et des Impressionnistes et dans l’art du Japon. Ainsi, en opposition au naturalisme rigide typique des arts décoratifs européens, des artistes tels que René Lalique et Henry van de Velde, des artistes du Jugendstil allemand ou de la Sécession viennoise en Autriche, ont crée des ornements qui exprimaient l’esprit et la liberté de l’époque. Ces artistes et dessinateurs ont adopté des lignes fluides et asymétriques qui ont renouvelé et distingué leur travail. Ils ont utilisé des motifs inspirés de la nature et des formes féminines qui ont imprégné leur création avec force, sensualité et mysticisme. Dévoilant environ 120 pièces provenant d’une des plus belles collections particulières des Etats-Unis, cet ouvrage présente les oeuvres des plus fameux bijoutiers et dessinateurs de l’époque. Des peintures, des dessins et des textiles complètent l’ensemble et font de ce livre un ouvrage de référence sur la bijouterie de cette époque.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Continents (June 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8874393482
  • ISBN-13: 978-8874393480
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 16.8 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,334,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Yvonne J. Markowitz est conservateur du département "Textile and Fashion Arts" au Museum of Fine Arts à Boston.Elyse Z. Karlin, spécialiste des arts décoratifs, a publié notamment le très bel ouvrage Jewelry & Metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Tradition (Schiffer).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bamana Aug. 10 2009
By J. B. Gwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have all the volumes of 5 Continents "Visions of Africa" series and I like every one. They give you a great perspective on the history of each tribe, past and current interpretations of their cultures and art objects. There are so many tribes in Africa, it is really difficult for an amateur to keep up with all of them. The Bamana has particular interest to me because my earliest interest in African art was nurtured by the exposure to a Chiwara headress. It wasn't a very good one, but I fell in love with it because of it's alluring form and the creative interpretation of the subject. There are some excellent examples of Bamana art, including Chiwaras in the Menil collection in Houston, some similar to those in this book. The chiwara or "tyiwara", are represented by 15 examples here, and the variety, composition and allure of each is distinctive. There are 62 color plates, with plate captions at the end so you can enjoy the beautiful photos of each piece without distraction, which is the same approach taken by the Menil Collection. The other items include wood figures and masks. Most, if not all, of these specimens have appeared in other books over the years, but it doesn't diminish their role in making this an excellent resource for reviewing art of the Bamana and reviewing the culture of the people. Personally, I also enjoy seeing where the original pieces are located, so I can look for them in a museum, or recall having seen one there on a trip.

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