Author-centred art

In the 20th Century, objets d’art took a new direction: focussing on the individual name of the artist or craftsman. This approach generally comprised unique items or those produced on a small scale.

At the same time as the gradual disappearance of traditional crafts and the development of design, artistic creation stretched the boundaries and artists of the time were free to explore a range of paths. Ceramics, glassware, enamel and jewellery etc. are artistic expressions of established ancient techniques which in the 20th Century paved the way for art objects with a unique style.

In Catalonia, the decorative and applied arts, well-represented since the Modernisme movement and driven by the movement of Noucentisme, have been cultivated since then by a great number of artists and craftsmen and have achieved international acclaim.