A Design for Living: Vienna in the Twenties

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The author describes her experiences as a young girl studying at Josef Hoffman's decorative arts school in Vienna during the 1920s

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Memoirs attract by transporting us, for a short time, into the lives of the rich and/or famous. In her memoir qua cultural history, Langseth-Christensen transports us to Vienna in the Twenties as she recounts her experiences as a student of Josef Hoffman, the designer who so influenced the art of his time. Unfortunately, the author does not succeed in her aim to capture the flavor of the Viennese art scene between the wars. The characters never come alive and little of Vienna's excitement emerges. While not a polished writer, Crowder accomplishes what Langseth-Christensen does not. He manages to convey the spirit of the era as well as the experience of a man caught up in a love affair that was artistically productive yet, at the same time, personally destructive. Crowder, a black musician, and Nancy Cunard, the free-spirited shipping heiress, introduced each other to new worldsshe to an awareness of and sensitivity to racism and he to the fast-paced European cultural scene. The culmination of their union was the publication of the anthology, Negro , which surveyed black achievement. While both memoirs offer glimpses of the artistic life in Europe during the Twenties, Crowder's touches us with its warmth and poignancy. Nancy R. Ives, Language Skills Ctr., SUNY at Geneseo
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this witty memoir, cookbook author and Gourmet magazine contributor Langseth-Christensen recreates her heady experiences in the revolutionary design studios of early 20th century Vienna. The author was only 14 in 1922 when she arrived from home in New York City to join pupils of the renowned architect/designer Josef Hoffmann. A disciple of the Secession movement launched by Austrian artists in 1898, Hoffmann passed on to his students a distaste for Victorian fussiness. The Secessionists (Klimt, Schiele et al.) were despised, even persecuted, in their time but have long been recognized with Hoffmann for the exquisite simplicity of their designs. The author's fond recollections deepen awareness of our legacy from these daring style-setters. Photos. First serial to Gourmet.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Langseth-Christensen, Lillian
Verlag: Viking Adult
ISBN 10: 0670800899 ISBN 13: 9780670800896
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Buchbeschreibung Viking Adult. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. 0670800899 Fine in Fine dust jacket. First edition. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Artikel-Nr. BING782B000

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