Cover image for American arts & crafts : virtue in design
American arts & crafts : virtue in design
Bowman, Leslie Greene.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles, Calif. : Los Angeles County Museum of Art ; Boston : Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown, [1990]

Physical Description:
255 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
General Note:
"A catalogue of the Palevsky/Evans Collection and related works at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art."
Added Corporate Author:

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
NK1141 .B64 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

On Order



Influenced by developments in Europe, American proponents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries promoted the minor arts as fine art hand-wrought by individual craftsmen, extolling the virtue of everyday objects and a return to simple materials and workmanship. This book looks at their work.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This handsome volume is based on the Palevsky/Evans collection of American arts and crafts--one of the most comprehensive in the US--and on related works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As a catalog it highlights 250 decorative art pieces, from the 1880s to the 1930s, including furniture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, books, drawings, and textiles. Many artists are represented: Stickley, Greene and Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Roycrofters, Tiffany Studios, and George Ohr. Bowman, curator of the decorative arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gives a keen analysis of the European context and the myths and realities of the American arts and crafts movement. Book designer Deenie Yudell has done an excellent job on layout. Extensive research has produced photographs of artists and works circa 1900; fine photographs by Peter Brenner and Barbara Lyetr fill in the gaps. All the photographs are excellent--268 black and whites and 208 in color. An appendix of marks, a bibliography, and suggested readings close this opulent volume. For all libraries. -J. Risley, Wesleyan University