Like its counterparts elsewhere in the U.S., California's Arts and Crafts movement, which flourished from 1895 to 1930, emphasized harmony with nature and an art rooted in ``the good life,'' a contemplative existence free from superficialities. Yet the California variant of a school traceable to English designer William Morris produced a distinct regional amalgam of Japanese and Native American symbolism and elements from the state's Spanish-Mexican heritage. Add to this a relentless quest for an American artistic idiom, and the results, ranging from the prosaic to the memorable, comprise a fertile legacy of artistic invention. In this lavish catalogue of a touring exhibit, Trapp, a curator at the Oakland Museum, leads a team of scholars in assessing the movement's achievements in architecture, gardens, pottery, ceramic tiles, metalwork, furniture, stained glass, leather, needlework and bookmaking. (Mar.)
Developed in Britain in the second half of the 19th century, the Arts and Crafts Movement flourished in a unique regional variant in California from about 1895 to 1930. Rich in inspiration, artists reflected the climate, landscape, and the region's Spanish and Mexican heritage in their subjects and in decorative designs in pottery, furniture, and metalwork. In this volume, scholars chronicle this regional development and offer insights into the movement in nine essays that detail garden and interior designs; architecture; tiles; the movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Southland, and San Diego; and its eventual decline. Notes, artists' biographies, company histories, and a bibliography complete this focused study of a prolific period in the visual arts of California. Recommended for scholars and collectors as well as academic, museum, and large public library collections.-- Judith Yankielun Lind, Roseland Free P.L., N.J.