Thursday, August 9, 2007
Walter Crane (1845-1915)
We want a vernacular in art. No mere verbal or formal agreement, or dead level of uniformity but that comprehensive and harmonizing unity with individual variety which can be developed among people politically and socially free.
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Crane's first painting at the Royal Academy was The Lady of Shalott (1862). Crane's strengths were in illustration and design. By 1870 he was established as an illustrator of children's books and as a ceramic designer for Wedgwood. In 1888 Crane helped establish the Art and Crafts Exhibition Society. He wrote important books on decoration and design, including The Decorative Illustration of Books (1896) and Line and Form (1900). Walter Crane is remembered today as one of the most important of all the children's book illustrators. His designs are also found in many periodicals of his day. Many of his most important paintings were bought by German collectors. [Adapted from Bob Speel]
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