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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

An outline of furniture-making in this country: showing the place of craftsman furniture in the evolution of an American style,   pp. 151-159


Page 154

       FURNiTURE MAKING IN TIllS COUNTRY
modified by any settled standards.  It was a
move in the right direction because it meant
a  return to healthy individual effort and a
revolt from the dead level established by the
machines.  But the Arts and Crafts workers
have  not succeeded  in establishing another
permanent style in English furniture for the
reason that they have striven for a definite
and   intentional expression of art that   was
largely for art¹s sake and had little to do with
satisfying the plain needs of the people.  Al-
though the founders of the movement held
and preached the doctrine that all vital art
necessarily springs from the life of the people,
it is  nevertheless recognized even by    their
followers that in practice such expression as
they advocate belongs to the artist alone and
that the people care very little about it.
      It xvas during this same period that the
   movement called LArt Nouveau sprang lip
   in France and for a time attained quite a
   vogue under the leadership of Bing.     Bel-
   gium followed suit with a rather heavier
   and more pronounced interpretation of the
   distinctive features of this style and  for
   a few years the plant forms and swirling
   lines that distinguished LArt Nouveau pro-
   (luctions were very popular.  In Germany
   and Austria the art students and others of
   the more restless spirits who were constant-
   ly in revolt from the established styles de-
   termined to outdo the French and accor-
   dingly established government schools for
   the teaching of a definite style, which was
   called New Art or Secessionist and which
A BOOKCASE THAT IS A GOOD EXAMPLE or THE DECORA-
TIVE USE OF PURELY STRUCTURAL FEATURES.
A  LIGhT  WRITiNG  TABLE FOR  A LIVING ROOM  OR
SMALL   SITTING  BOOM.
RUSH SEATED CHAIR AND DROP LEAF TABLE WITH SEPARATE
WRITING CABINET.
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