John T. Kirk avec The Shaker World: Art, Life, Belief
The Shakers, who have lived in self-contained religious communities in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present day, are well known to lovers of American furniture and decorative arts. Enthusiasts prize their colorful cabinets, chairs, boxes, and drawings, especially those produced during the "Classic Shaker" period of the early nineteenth century. In this groundbreaking study, art and furniture historian John T. Kirk casts new light on the Shakers, describing the evolution of their beliefs, religious practices, and daily life, and showing how these factors influenced all of their arts, including their spirit- inspired "gift" drawings and architecture. His analysis of the relationship of Shaker-made objects to pieces produced by non-Shakers in the same period and locality illuminates the development of Shaker art and its place in the American experience. Using hitherto unpublished documents, diaries, and letters, Kirk gives voice and presence to these remarkable people and their world. Lavishly illustrated, with many new photographs of Shaker objects reproduced here for the first time, The Shaker World: Art, Life, Belief is the richest and most complete record of Shaker life ever published. It is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in this fascinating chapter of American cultural history.
The Shakers are well-known to lovers of American furniture and decorative arts. Their colourful cabinets, chairs, boxes and "gift" drawings are prized by enthusiasts. This study examines the way in which the beliefs, religious practices and daily life of the Shakers have influenced their arts.