The Decorative Art of Arabia Author:Prisse D'Avennes With over 100 color plates. — Prisse d'Avennes' fascination with the intricate ornamentation of the Arab world is typical of the excitement with which Europe 'discovered' the art of Islam in the nineteenth century. The outstanding colour lithographs in this book are 'Orientalism' that flourished at that time in the wake of the great Romantic pain... more »ters --- most notably Eugene Delacroix, who was a leading exponent of the movement. As more and more artists, architects and writers began to study its unfamiliar patterns and the brilliant abstract and geometrical designs, Islamic art attracted a growing following. Among the first to document and comment on the style were important French architects Viollet-le-duc and Jules Bourgoin, extracts from whose writings are translated and reprinted in this exceptional volume.
Combining the best of nineteenth-century literary and artistic documentation, The Decorative Art of Arabia affords a comprehensive view of applied design through the paintings, murals, tiles, stained glass, woodwork, book bindings, carpets, fabrics and ceramics which are among the highest achievements of Muslim civilization. This unique volume provides students, illustrators, historians and designers with an invaluable source of authentic Islamic patterns and motifs, as well as appealing to anyone with an interest in the decorative arts.
Achille-Constant-Theodore-Emile Prisse d'Avennes (1807-1879) had a varied and distinguished career as an artist, writer, linguist, archeologist, and engineer. Between the 1820s and the 1860s he travelled extensively in India and Palestine, and as a Muslim in the Near East (including Arabia and Abyssinia) in Upper and Lower Egypt. In 1841-2 he was the co-founder of the Literary Society of Cairo, and in 1945 he received the Legion of Honour. His publications include Les Monuments Egyptiens (1847), The Oriental Album (1848) and L'Histoire de l'Art Egyptien d'apres les Monuments (1858-77), and he founded and edited Revue Orientale et Algerienne and Miroir de 'Orient. Prisse d'Avennes' primary desire was to promote the Islamic style and to encourage designers to revive and develop it in the West. On his return to Paris with drawings, casts and photographs, he continued to write for scholarly publications, and in 1867 he contributed to the great Exposition Universelle.« less