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Title :

Ornament as idea : indirect imitation of nature in the design reform movement

Author :
KEYSER, Barbara Whitney ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
This paper places the theories of the Victorian design reform movement in the intellectual context of Victorian science. Design reform can be interpreted as an attempt to reconcile modern science and ancient wisdom as applied to art and design. Victorian theories of design were poised on a knife-edge between classical, humanistic theories of art and modernism. The result was a rich conception of indirect imitation of nature - a hybrid of romantic nature aesthetics and a British tradition of practical Platonism. While the conceptions underlying the principle of indirect imitation of nature are obsolete, its richness, complexity and application of ideal beauty to decorative objects offer a constructive alternative paradigm to the extremism of 20th c. abstraction and purism. ;
Pagination/Size :
5 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Design ; Grande-Bretagne ; Ornement ; Théorie de l'art ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Art theory ; Design ; Great Britain ; Ornament ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of design history, 1998, 11, 2
INIST identifier :
24994878 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0952-4649 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;