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Henry van de Velde: Selected Essays, 1889–1914

Available October 2022

Henry van de Velde
Edited by Katherine M. Kuenzli
Translated by Elizabeth Tucker

Belgian artist, architect, designer, and theorist Henry van de Velde (1863–1957) was a highly original and influential figure in Europe beginning in the 1890s. A founding member of the Art Nouveau and Jugendstil movements, he also directed the Grand-Ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar, Germany, which eventually became the Bauhaus under Walter Gropius.

This selection of twenty-six essays, translated from French and German, includes van de Velde’s writings on William Morris and the English Arts and Crafts movement, Neo-Impressionist painting, and relationships between ornament, line, and abstraction in German aesthetics. The texts trace the evolution of van de Velde’s thoughts during his most productive period as a theorist in the artistic debates in France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Katherine M. Kuenzli expertly guides readers to see how van de Velde’s writings reconcile themes of aesthetics and function, and expression and reason, throughout the artistic periods and regions represented by these texts. With introductory discussions of each essay and full annotations, this is an essential volume for a broad range of scholars and students of the history of fine and applied arts and ideas. 

Katherine M. Kuenzli is professor of art history at Wesleyan University. Elizabeth Tucker is a translator and editor of scholarly works in art and architectural history.

392 pages
7 x 10 inches
ISBN 978-1-60606-794-9

Getty Publications
Imprint: Getty Research Institute
Series: Texts & Documents