designinform is a collection of three databases: Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR), Design ProFILES (DP) and ReVIEW. ReVIEW is digitizing the very best decorative and fine art journals that were published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They have just added even more material to their database – and you have access to all of it! Three important art journals are now available for full searching and access through ReVIEW.
The Studio was a highly respected journal published in England. Scholarly articles written by leading art critics highlight early nineteenth century trends in international decorative and fine arts. ReVIEW offers the first fifty volumes, published from 1893-1910.
Similar to The Studio is the German publication Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration. While it also covers international art news, Deutsche Kunst has a strong focus on German, Austrian, Scandinavian, and Central European decorative and fine art. It is written in German, but you can search by artist name or browse the journal for beautiful, high-resolution images. The first twenty-seven volumes, published from 1897-1910, are available.
The latest addition is Art et Decoration, published out of Paris. The journal covers mostly French, Belgian, and Western European art. It is written in French, but you can search by artist name or browse the journal for beautiful, high-resolution images. You will find a lot of the Art Nouveau style and extensive coverage of the Paris Exposition of 1900. Art et Decoration’s first twenty-seven volumes, published from 1897-1910, are available.
ReVIEW informs us that they are now digitizing the first six volumes of The Poster, an extremely rare, English-language journal dedicated to poster art. Look for it in December of this year.