Decadence: In Morbid Colours - Art and the Idea of Decadence in the Bohemian Lands 1880-1914

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The monograph In Morbid Colours: The Idea of Decadence in the Czech Lands 1880 till 1914 published to accompany the exhibition of the same name in the Municipal House in Prague, introduces for the first time, even within the universal context, the specific part of the fine arts scene influenced by the ideas of decadence.


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It involves such important artists like Max Pirner, Hanu Schwaiger, Bene Knupfer, Jakub Schikaneder, Franti ek Baalek, Karel Hlava¡ek, Max vabinska, Alfons Mucha, Jan Preisler, Franti ek Kava¡n, Franti ek Kobliha, Jan Zrzava, Josef Va¡chal and many more.

The phenomenon of decadence has been considered by three specialists by Daniel Vojt ch from a philosophic and historic angle, by Lubo Merhaut from a literary angle and, finally, by the book s editor Otto M. Urban from an art history angle. The picture part of the monograph is split into four sections: the Gloomy, the Debauched, the Morose; the Demon of Love; Satanic Hallucinations and the Purgatory of Death that are interspersed with dozens of quotations and poems.

The book was awarded the first place in the contest The Most Beautiful Czech Book of 2006 proclaimed by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic together with the Museum of Czech Literature.

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Author Vaclav Merhaut / Daniel Vojtch / Otto M. Urban
Publisher Arbor Vitae
Page Count 416pp
Publication Size 8 x 12
Publication Notes hardcover, color
Publication Date October 2006
ISBN 978-8086300849

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