PEASANT ART OF EUROPE AND ASIA by H. Th. Bossert

PEASANT ART OF EUROPE AND ASIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In 1953 and again twice in 1956 volumes under the authorship of Professor Bossert appeared (Folk Art of Europe, Folk Art of Primitive Peoples and Decorative Art of Egypt and Asia) in English editions, and were enthusiastically received by modern craftsmen and artists working in the field of design, as well as by anthropologists and ethnologists. This fourth volume, follows the same procedure- introductory text summarizing the content of each of the 44 plates- and then the plates themselves, 28 in full color, 16 in monochrome, including illustrations of folk art design to a total of 600 items. The title is somewhat misleading, since only three of the plates carry representations of Asiatic peasant art; the Middle and Near East have generous representation; and the sources of virtually all the inclusions are German Polish, Swiss, and Moscow museums with a few from other Middle European sources. Inevitably, as recognized in the brief explanatory note, this volume is comprised of material left over from the careful selection made for the other books, and lacks the sense of coordination and direction which characterized the earlier volumes. However, since demand for this missing material is the reason for bringing it together, this fourth volume helps round out the rich representation of peasant art.

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 1959
Publisher: Frederick A. Praeger