Domestic Interiors

Domestic Interiors: Representing Homes from the Victorians to the Moderns

by Georgina Downey

Georgina Downey is an independent scholar and Visiting Fellow in the graduate art history program at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2013
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    978-1-8478-8931-7 (paperback)

    978-1-8478-8932-4 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-9407-2 (online)

    978-1-8478-8933-1 (epub)

    978-1-4725-3941-0 (epdf)
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In the act of enclosing space and making rooms, we make and define our aspirations and identities.

Taking a room by room approach, this fascinating volume explores how representations of domestic space have embodied changing spatial configurations and values, and considers how we see modern individuals in the process of making themselves ‘at home’.

Scholars from the US, UK and Australasia re-visit and re-think interiors by Bonnard, Matisse, Degas and Vuillard, as well as the great spaces of early modernity; the drawing room in Rossetti’s house, hallways in Hampstead Garden Suburb, the Paris attic of the Brothers Goncourt; Schütte-Lihotzky’s Frankfurt Kitchen, to explore how interior making has changed from the Victorian to the modern period.

From the smallest room - the bathroom - to the spacious verandas of Singapore Deco, Domestic Interiors focuses on modern rooms ‘imaged’ and imagined, it builds a distinct body of knowledge around the interior, interiority, representation and modernity, and creates a rich resource for students and scholars in art, architecture and design history.