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RQ-249921-16

Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT 06459-3208)
Katherine Kuenzli (Project Director: 12/09/2015 to present)
Michael André (Co Project Director: 02/24/2016 to present)

Henry van de Velde: Selected Essays, 1889-1914

Preparation of a critical edition and translation of a selection of writings by the Belgian architect and art critic Henry van de Velde (1863-1957).

As a painter, designer, architect, teacher, and theorist Henry van de Velde (1863-1957) was a highly original and influential figure on the European art scene and an early champion of abstraction. Our volume presents the artist's most influential writings published between 1889 and 1914. These writings address the origins of abstraction; the interrelationship between painting, architecture, and the applied arts; the role of art in the modern state; and modern art and politics. His corpus is so large and dispersed that it has resisted systematic investigation, and it remains inaccessible to most readers, since his essays were published in three different languages. We have made a selection of van de Velde's texts and are requesting funds to support the work of translation into English, annotation, and introduction that will take place over a three-year period and that will result in an edited volume.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2019