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The craftsman
Vol. XXIII, Number 2 (November 1912)

The decadence of the practical arts in France,   pp. 238-240 PDF (1.4 MB)


Page 238


DECADENCE OF PRACTICAL ARTS IN FRANCE
THE DECADENCE OF THE
PRACTICAL ARTS IN FRANCE
The pictures used in this article are reproduced
from Art et Dicoration.
T would seem from a recent article in
    a Paris art journal, Art et Dicoration,
    that the arts and crafts movement in
    France is suffering from the same con-
dition of stagnation that obtains in England
and America. This French writer feels
that the difficulty in France is, and surely
his argument obtains in America, that the
present interest in interior decoration is
unrelated to architectural progress.   In
other words, that the decorative idea is en-
tirely a superficial one, and that the French-
men of today are designing their wall-
papers and rugs and draperies and lamps
and window fabrics without the slightest
interest in, or at least the slightest relation
FRENCH WROUGHT-IRON WINDOW: GRAPE DESIGN.  advance of the present situation
in France;
238
FRENCH WROUGHT-IRON WINDOW: WITH "FOX AND
STORK" DESIGN.
to, the sorts of houses they are to fill. In
fact, architecture at present in France is a
dead issue. The architects are imitating
old ideas, from either Greek or Period
inspiration, or occasionally putting  out
something along Secession lines, equally
artificial and unimportant.
  But poor as these three artificial styles of
architecture are, the furnishings that are
made do not relate even to them. Each
man is doing what pleases him, or rather
what pleases his sense of novelty.   The
writer whom we have already quoted feels
that bad as German and Austrian archi-
tecture is from the standard of real art, it
at least is sincere and to that extent far in


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