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Decorative Arts

In the European tradition, Decorative Arts play an important role in countries such as Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom where a craft tradition plays an important role. In the United States, the decorative arts are typically considered less noble than what they term the fine arts. The Viennese tradition of the Gesamtkunstwerk; the Russian World Art Movement, and the craft traditions linked with the Pre-Raphaelites in England are three examples of a high level approach to the Decorative Arts, as is Owen Jones quest for a Grammar of Ornament.
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