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A complex fate : Gustav Stickley and the Craftsman Movement / Barry Sanders.

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Jefferson Co PL - Madison Main Branch 749.213 SAND (Text) 39391006895344 Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 0471143928
  • ISBN: 9780471143925
  • Physical Description: xvi, 192 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
  • Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : Preservation Press ; [1996]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-188) and index.
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The beginnings. -The united crafts. -Influences. -A missionary zeal. -The Craftsman magazine. -Gustav Stickley as architect. -The products of the Craftsman Workshops. -Craftsman Farms School. -The Craftsman building. -Bankruptcy. -Analysis of the bankruptcy.
Summary, etc.:
It was a time of enormous upheaval in America. Sweeping and convulsive changes spilled into the new century in every conceivable shape: electric lights, overhead railways, airplanes, automobiles, the Ashcan school of painting, jazz, and Henry James. Yet, in the middle of this time of intense innovation, a movement dedicated to simple living began to take shape. It became known as the Craftsman Movement, and an unknown cabinetmaker, Gustav Stickley, became its most vocal spokesman, and in many ways, its embodiment.
A Complex Fate chronicles Stickley's life and career - a career marked by the same contradictions that characterized America's transition from a largely rural society to a modern, technological one. He regarded himself as a modern, yet espoused a philosophy that celebrated simplicity, community, and skilled manual work. His furniture itself, at first glance simple, stark, and hand-built, was nevertheless mass-produced and regarded as thoroughly modern by a public eager to buy it. In this, the first full-length profile of Stickley, we follow his rise to staggering wealth, wide popularity, and enormous influence on the design of furniture, pottery, metalwork, jewelry, bookbinding, leatherwork and architecture.
We see the power of his charisma and uncommon ego, his plans for rural crafts schools, and his messianic drive to spread the message of artisanship, community, and honest, unalienated labor. We watch, too, as his ambitions and contradictions finally become overwhelming, leaving him a bankrupt and broken man.
Subject: Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942 > Criticism and interpretation.
Arts and crafts movement > New York (State)

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