Plus de 500 objets et fragments de verre du monde islamique fabriqués entre les VIIIe et XIe siècles sont présentés et commentés dans cet ouvrage de référence, premier tome d'une série de trois volumes.
William Abranowicz has photographed Greece for more than two decades and his images show all dimensions of Greek life: its stores and cafés, its ancient ruins, its craggy mountains, and its villages rising out of brilliant aquamarine waters. Collectively these photographs convey what define present-day Greece.
♦ The more than 300 objects featured include creations by Picasso, Eames, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, and Joan Miró among others ♦ Features dolls, building blocks, puzzles, rocking horses, and children's furniture in addition to period photographs, advertisements, posters, and children's books ♦ Appeals to collectors and and historians of early twentieth-century art, and antiques It is difficult to say when the first toys were invented but archaeology suggests the need to play and to create objects to play with is an unchanging element over the course of humanity. Toys and games reflect the social and cultural reality of each era.
The children's toys, books, and furniture in this publication were created by the avant-garde artists of the first half of the twentieth century. It was a time of crises and tensions, technological and scientific progress, and also years of important advances in psychology and the social sciences. For the first time, childhood was seen as a crucial phase in the development of individuals and one requiring specific attention.
The result was new educational methods and an emphasis on the value of sensory and cognitive stimulus. Imagination and creativity were welcomed and encouraged. Artists of the avant-garde, proponents of spontaneous expression, embraced these ideas and created artworks especially for children-objects designed to be touched and used for play as well as looked at.