The Joining of the Arts

Danish Art and Design 1880–1910


During the time of ‘Skønvirke’, Danish applied arts, the later Danish Design, established itself among the very best in the world


ISBN: 9788793604698 Category:

Mirjam Gelfer-Jørgense


When Danish artists from the 1880’s onwards started working with all kinds of artistic media and materials, this became the making of Danish art. It laid down the foundations for developments that have continued to this day, helping to make Danish design a brand. However, architects and artists were not only concerned with the artistic aspects of things; by injecting new life into form and decoration while raising the general level of craftsmanship they offered an alternative to contemporary international trends and the growing mass production of commodities. The movement was very much motivated by a national, artistic commitment that, together with the socio-educational goal to improve people’s visual surroundings, stirred industry and crafts to active involvement. Danish art quickly became known in the wider world – a fact that is reflected in the acquisitions of foreign museums and collectors from the 1890s. A number of these hitherto unpublished works are featured among the 350 illustrations in this book. And neither the ideology nor the debate it sparked are without interest from a modern perspective.

Additional information

Weight 2684 g
Dimensions 25.8 x 28.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 24 March 2021
Number of pages 532
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.8 x 28.5 cm
Weight 2684 g
Mirjam Gelfer-Jørgensen has enjoyed a long career within the field of applied arts, including 25 years as head librarian at Designmuseum Danmark, prior to which she was an associate professor of Art History at the University of Copenhagen. She has published numerous books on design and applied arts, including Toulouse-Lautrec Posters; The Dream of a Golden Age; Danish Neo-Antique Furniture: From Abildgaard to Kaare Klint; Furniture with Meaning: Danish Furniture 1840-1920; Influences from Japan in Danish Art and Design 1870-2010 and Thorvald Bindesbøll: Inventing Modernism,. She has also published and edited the Scandinavian Journal of Design History and is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.