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Function versus Form in Czech Cubism: Architecture and Furniture Design

dc.contributor.advisorMansbach, Steven Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorBratton, Lyndsayen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis seeks to negate the idea, prevalent among scholars in the field, that form became more important than function in the works of Cubist applied artists and architects. Cubist theory flourished in these sectors of the arts among young Czech artists who rejected the rationalism of their teachers, Otto Wagner and Jan Kotera. The work of Pavel Janák, Vlastislav Hofman and Josef Gocár provides the case study by which I argue that Czech architects during the Cubist movement from 1911 to 1925 were not only concerned with the utility of their works, but they also applied new functions to architecture and the applied arts--functions entirely different from mere practical concerns. These included the expression of the artists' own inner visions and spirituality through formal design, the conveyance of the possibilities of dynamic movement of mass through the creation of space and its outer shell, and, after World War I, the articulation of nationalism through the synthesis of Rondocubist form and decorative folk elements.en_US
dc.titleFunction versus Form in Czech Cubism: Architecture and Furniture Designen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentArt History and Archaeologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledArt Historyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEast European Studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHistory, Modernen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCzech Cubismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledJosef Gočáren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPavel Janáken_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledVlastislav Hofmanen_US

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