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Exhibition Notes, Number 21, Spring 2003. In the 18th century, European and American interiors were transformed by the rise of a new kind of wall treatment. Wallpaper – mass-produced, affordable, and highly practical – reached a broader audience than fine prints and paintings. This wide distribution prompted wallpaper artists to heed the contemporary interests of the expanding consumer class. As a result, wallpaper often recorded social changes as they were expressed in the shifting relationship between high art and popular culture throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, Rhode Island
RISD Museum, Exhibition Catalog, Exhibition Notes, Wallpaper
Art and Design
Wilkinson-Zerner, Catherine, "Historic Wallpapers, 1750-1949" (2003). Journals. 22.
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