Art Deco Reading List

Printed linen furnishing fabric by Gregory Brown for William Foxton Ltd, England, UK, 1922. Museum no. T.325-1934

Printed linen furnishing fabric by Gregory Brown for William Foxton Ltd, England, UK, 1922. Museum no. T.325-1934

Benton, Charlotte, Benton, Tim, and Wood, Ghislaine (ed.), Art Deco 1910-1939, London, V&A Publications, 2003
This lavishly illustrated book is the most comprehensive on the style. Sections deal with the sources of Art Deco, the Paris exhibition of 1925, travel and transportation, Hollywood and its global spread. Contributions by international experts world-wide.

Wood, Ghislaine, Essential Art Deco, London, V&A Publications, 2003
Visual overview of the key themes and iconography of the style, with carefully selected illustrations. Good introduction to the subject.

Lussier, Suzanne, Art Deco Fashion, London, V&A Publications, 2003
Encompasses the fashion of the roaring twenties, from sport outfits and daywear to beaded evening dresses and accesssories. Wide selection of fashion illustrations, photogpraphy and objects.

Samuels, Charlotte, Art Deco Fabrics, London, V&A Publications, 2003
A detailed overview of the innovative textiles produced during the 1920s and 1930s. Illustrations are drawn from the comprehensive V&A collection of Deco textiles.

Duncan, Alastair, American Art Deco, London, 1986
A study of American Art Deco in all media including sculpture, architecture, furniture and product design. Also assesses the work of the key artists and designers. Fully illustrated.

Hillier, Bevis and Escritt, Stephen, Art Deco Style, London, 1997
A comprehensive overview of the style reflecting its global spread and taking into account the changing perspectives of the style in recent years.

Dufrène, Maurice, Ensembles mobiliers: Exposition internationale de 1925, Séries 1, 2, 3, Paris, 1925; London, 1989 and 2002. Introduction and caption by Alastair Duncan.
This classic work reproduces plates from original volumes first published in 1925 to illustrate the rooms furnished for the 1925 Paris exhibition. The detailed documentary captions and contemporary images provide an invaluable primary source on the style.

Raulet, Sylvie, Art Deco Jewellery, London, 2002
A comprehensive overview of the key Art Deco jewellers. Wide selection of illustrations.

Bayer, Patricia, Art Deco Architecture: Design, Decoration and Detail from the Twenties and Thirties, London, 1992

Bayer, Patricia, Art Deco Interiors: decoration and design classics of the 1920s and 1930s, London, 1990
Both books offer a very wide selection of illustrations of Deco architecture and interiors from all over the world with an informative text.

Mandelbaum, Howard and Myers, Eric, Screen Deco: A Celebration of High Style in Hollywood, New York and Bromley, 1985
Extensively illustrated, this book provides an fascinating source for the study of the Deco style in Hollywood film.

Arwas, Victor, The Art of Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco, Windsor, 1996
The most comprehensive book on the subject, with a good range of illustrations.

McCready, Karen, Art Deco and Modernist Ceramics, London, 1995
Information overview of ceramic designers and manufacturers between 1919 and 1939.

Further reading

Journals

Art et décoration: Revue mensuelle d'art moderne, Paris, 1897-1938

Art et industrie, Paris, 1909-14, then 1925-54

Art, goût et beauté, Paris, 1921-33

Arts et métiers graphiques, Paris, 1927-48

Die Kunst, Munich, 1899-1940

Fortune, New York, 1930 -

Good Furniture Magazine, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1925-9

Harper's Bazar, later known as Harper's Bazaar, New York, 1867-

Kunst und Kunsthandwerk, Vienna, 1898-1924

La Gazette du bon ton, Paris, 1912-25

The Home, Sydney, 1920-40

Studio, London, 1893-1964

Vogue, Paris, 1920-

Vogue, New York, 1892-

 

Primary materials

Beaton, Cecil, The Book of Beauty, London, 1930

Bénédictus, Edouard, Variations, Paris, 1924

Bénédictus, Edouard, Nouvelles variations, Paris, 1929

Colin, Paul, Le Tumulte noir, Paris, 1927

Cruège, Pierre, Lajoix, Anne, René Buthaud, 1886-1986, Paris, 1996

Dawes, R. F. C., A Century of Progress Exhibition: Official View Book, Chicago, 1933

Dufrène, Maurice, Ensembles mobiliers: Exposition internationale de 1925, Séries 1, 2, 3, Paris, 1925; London, 1989 and 2002

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, The Jazz Age, New York, 1931; 1996

Herbst, René, Les Devantures, vitrines, installations de magasins: Exposition internationale de 1925, Paris, 1925; London, 1927

Iribe, Paul, Les Robes de Paul Poiret racontées par Paul Iribe, Paris, 1908

Lepape, Georges, Les Choses vues de Paul Poiret, Paris, 1911

Magne, Henri-Marcel (ed.), Rapport général: Exposition des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes12 vols, Paris, 1925-31; reprint, New York, 1977 as 'Encyclopedia decoratifs et industriels modernes', 12 vols

Smith, Hubert Llewellyn and others, Reports on the Present Position and Tendencies of the Industrial Arts as Indicated at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Art, Paris, 1925, London, Department of Overseas Trade, 1925

The Burdekin House Exhibition: Catalogue ,Sydney, 1929

Vera, André, 'Le Nouveau Style', L'Art décoratif, January, 1912, pp. 21-32

 

Secondary sources

Albrecht, Donald, Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies, New York, 1986

Andrews, Julia F. and Shen, Kuiyi, A Century in Crisis: Modernity and Tradition in the Art of Twentieth Century China, exh. cat. Guggenheim Museum; New York, 1998

Archer-Straw, Petrine, Negrophilia: Avant Garde Paris and Black Culture in the 1920s, New York, 2000

Art Déco na América Latina: 1o Seminário internacional, Rio de Janeiro, 1997

Arwas, Victor, Art Deco, London, 1980; New York, 1992; reprint, New York, 2000

Arwas, Victor, Art Deco Sculpture, London, 1992

Aynsley, Jeremy, Graphic Design in Germany 1890-1945, London, 2000

Bayer, Patricia, Art Deco Architecture: Design, Decoration and Detail from the Twenties and Thirties, London, 1992

Baker, A. Houston, Modernism and Harlem Renaissance, Chicago, 1987

Battersby, Martin, The Decorative Thirties, London, 1971

Battersby, Martin, The Decorative Twenties, London, 1969

Bibliothèque Nationale, Sonia et Robert Delaunay, Paris, 1985

Bonneville, Françoise de, Jean Puiforcat, Paris, 1986

Breunig, LeRoy C. (ed.), Apollinaire on Art: Essays and Reviews, 1902-1918, New York and London, 1972; reprint, 1988

Bröhan, Karl H., Bröhan-Museum Berlin: Berlin State Museum for Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Functionalism, 1889-1939: Arts, Crafts, Industrial Design, Picture Gallery, Berlin, 1998

Brunhammer, Yvonne and Tise, Susan, The Decorative Arts in France, 1900-1942: La Société des Artistes Décorateurs, New York, 1990

Camard, Florence, Michel Dufet, Architecte décorateur, Paris, 1988

Camard, Florence, Ruhlmann, Master of Art Deco, London, 1984

Camard, Florence, Süe et Mare, Paris, 1993

Casey, Andrew, 20th Century Ceramic Designers in Britain, Woodbridge, 2001

Cerwinske, Laura, Kaye, Danny, Tropical Deco: the architecture and design of old Miami Beach, New York, 1981

Constant, Caroline, Eileen Gray, London, 2000

Curtis, Penelope, Sculpture 1900-1945: After Rodin, Oxford, 1999

Damase, Jacques, Sonia Delaunay: Fashion and Fabrics, Paris and London, 1991

Deslandres, Yvonne, Paul Poiret, London, 1987

Duncan, Alastair, American Art Deco, London, 1986

Duncan, Alastair, Art Deco Furniture, London, 1997

Dwivedi, Sharada and Mehrotra, Rahul, Bombay: The Cities Within, Bombay, 1995

Casey, Andrew and Eatwell, Ann (eds), Susie Cooper: A Pioneer of Modern Design, London, 2002

Eliëns, Titus M., Groot, Marjan and Leidelmeijer, Frans, Avant Garde Design: Dutch Decorative Arts, 1880-1940, London, 1997

Ericsson, Anne-Marie, Ostergard, Derek E., Stritzler-Levine, Nina (ed.), The Brilliance of Swedish Glass, 1918-1939, exh. Cat. Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New Haven and London, 1996

Fahr-Becker, Gabriele, Wiener Werkstätte, 1903-1932, Cologne, 1995

From Russia with Love: Costumes for the Ballets Russes, 1909-1933, exh. cat. National Gallery of Australia; Canberra, 1999

Gaillard, Karin (ed.), From Neo-Renaissance to Postmodernism: A Hundred and Twenty Years of Dutch Interiors, 1870-1995, Rotterdam, 1996

Gary, Marie-Noël de (ed.), Les Fouquet: Bijoutiers et joailliers à Paris, 1860-1960, Paris, 1983

Golan, Romy, Modernity and Nostalgia: French Art and Politics between the Wars, New Haven and London, 1995

Greenhalgh, Paul, Quotations and Sources on Design and the Decorative Arts, Manchester, 1993

Greenhalgh, Paul (ed.), Modernism in Design, London, 1990, repr.1997

Gronberg, Tag, Designs on Modernity: Exhibiting the City in 1920s Paris, Paris, 1997

Hanks, David A., Toher, Jennifer, Donald Deskey: decorative designs and interiors, New York, 1987

Hambourg, Maria Morris and Phillips, Christopher, The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars: Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, exh. cat. Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York, 1989

Haskell, Barbara, American Century: Art and Culture, 1900-1950, exh.cat. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1999

Heller, Steven and Fili, Louise, Italian Art Deco Graphic Design between the Wars, San Francisco, 1993

Hillier, Bevis, Art Deco of the Twenties and Thirties, London, 1968

Hillier, Bevis, The World of Art Deco, exh. cat. Minneapolis Institute of Art; Minneapolis and London, 1971

Hillier, Bevis and Escritt, Stephen, Art Deco Style, London, 1997

Holmes, Fred and Newton Holmes, Ann, Bridging Traditions: The making of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Delhi, 1995

Ingle, Marjorie I, The Mayan Revival Style: Art Deco Mayan Fantasy, Salt Lake City, 1984

Johnson, J. Stewart, American Modern 1925-1940: Design for a New Age, New York, 2000

Kahr, Joan, Edgar Brandt: Master of Art Deco Ironwork, New York, 1999

Kaplan, Wendy (ed.), 'Designing Modernity': The Arts of Reform and Persuasion, 1885-1945, London, 1995

Kery, Patricia Frantz, Art Deco Graphics, London, 1986

Klein, Dan, McClelland, Nancy and Haslam, Malcolm, In the Deco Style, London, 1987

L'Ecotais, Emmanuelle de and Sayag, Alain, Man Ray: Photography and its Double, Paris and London, 1998

Lemke, Sieglinde, Primitivist Modernism: Black Culture and the Origins of Transatlantic Modernism, Oxford, 1998

Licitra Ponti, Lisa, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work, 1923-1978, London, 1990

Lambreths, Marc (ed.), L'Art Déco en Europe, exh. cat. Palais des Beaux-Arts; Brussels, 1989

Lussier, Suzanne, Art Deco Fashion, London, 2003

Mandelbaum, Howard and Myers, Eric, Screen Deco: A Celebration of High Style in Hollywood, New York and Bromley, 1985

Mansbach, Steven A., Modern Art in Eastern Europe, Cambridge 1999

McFadden, David Revere (ed.), Scandinavian Modern Design, 1880-1980, exh. cat. Cooper-Hewitt Museum; New York, 1982

Marcilhac, Félix, Jean Dunand: His Life and Works, London, 1991

Marcilhac, Félix, René Lalique 1860-1945, maître verrier: analyse de l'oeuvre et catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1989

Mendes, Valerie, British Textiles from 1900 to 1937, London, 1992

Michell, George, The Royal Palaces of  India, London, 1994

Nadelhoffer, Hans, Cartier: Jewellers Extraordinary, London, 1984

Opie, Jennifer Hawkins and Hollis, Marianne, Thirties: British Art and Design before the War, London, 1979

Pérez Rojas, J., Art Déco en España, Madrid, 1990

Possémé, Evelyne, 1910-1930: Les Années 1925, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999

Powell, Richard J. and Bailey, David A., Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance, exh. cat. Hayward Gallery, London, 1997

Raulet, Sylvie, Art Deco Jewellery, London, 1985

Rohatgi, Pauline and others, Bombay to Mumbai: Changing Perspectives, Bombay, 1997

Rudoe, Judy, Cartier, 1900-1939, London, 1997

Samuels, Charlotte, Art Deco Fabrics, London, 2003

Selkurt, Claire, 'New Classicism: Design of the 1920s in Denmark', Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, vol. 4, Spring 1987, pp. 16-29

Sklar, Robert, Movie Made Cinema: A Cultural History of American Movies, New York, 1975

Stewart, David B., The Making of a Modern Japanese Architecture: 1868 to the Present, Tokyo and New York, 1987

Troy, Nancy, Modernism and the Decorative Arts in France: Art Nouveau to Le Corbusier, New Haven and London, 1991

Umleckoprumyslové Muzeum v Praze, Czech Art Deco, 1918-1938, exh. cat. Palazzo della Ragione, Padua; Milan, 1996; Municipal Museum, Prague, 1998

Van Daele, Patrick and Lumby, Roy, A Spirit of Progress: Art Deco Architecture in Australia, Sydney, 1997

Völker, Angela and Pichler, Rupert, Textiles of the Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna, 1990; English translation, London, 1994

Vreeland, Diana, D.V., New York, 1985

Wichmann, Hans, Design contra Art Déco, 1927-1932: Jahrfünft der Wende, Munich, 1993

Wilson Richard Guy and others, The Machine Age in America 1918-1941, exh. cat. Brooklyn Museum; New York, 1986

Zignani, Federico, A journey through American Art Deco: Architecture, Design and Cinemas in the Twenties and Thirties, Seattle, 1997

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