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Description - Gerhard Munthe by Jan Kokkin

Gerhard Munthe (1849-1929) is one of the most unique and important artists of the Art Nouveau movement and a significant contributor to its international diversity. His radical, abstract style based partly on old Norwegian folk art is today considered a precursor of twentieth-century Modernism. Among Munthe's greatest achievements are his countless room decorations, of which the Fairy-Tale Room at Holmenkollen Turisthotell (1896-98) in Oslo and Hakonshallen (1910-15) in Bergen are the most significant. A series of his watercolours based on old Norwegian ballads and Norse mythology made in 1892-93 became the basis for a renewal of the decorative arts in northern Europe, notably in the weaving industry. His creative vignettes and illustrations for Snorri Sturluson's Sagas of the Old Norwegian Kings (1896-99) influenced several European artists. Munthe was one of Norway's first industrial designers, and his work covers most fields within the decorative arts: tapestries, carpets, furniture, stained glass, silver, porcelain, wallpaper, wrought iron, book bindings, fonts and bookplates. This richly illustrated book offers a review of Gerhard Munthe's prolific production as a decorative artist and designer spanning almost forty years.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783897905177
ISBN-10: 3897905175
Format: Hardback
(280mm x 240mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Arnoldsche
Publisher: Arnoldsche
Publish Date: 27-Jun-2018
Country of Publication: Germany

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Author Biography - Jan Kokkin

Jan Kokkin, MA, University of Oslo is a former director of Kunst pa Arbeidsplassen and art critic for the Norwegian newspapers Dagens Naeringsliv and Morgenbladet. He has published biographies and books on several Norwegian nineteenth-century artists and is currently working as freelance curator, author and lecturer.

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