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Louis Sullivan: The Poetry of Architecture
     

Louis Sullivan: The Poetry of Architecture

by Narcisco G. Menocal, Robert Twombly
 

Louis Sullivan believed that art should reveal the creative method of nature. The greatest artist was the poet, whose understanding of nature spurred social change.
This volume is both a tribute to Sullivan’s poetic genius and a catalogue of all his graphic work. The authors discuss the social implications of Sullivan’s theories of architecture, with

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Louis Sullivan believed that art should reveal the creative method of nature. The greatest artist was the poet, whose understanding of nature spurred social change.
This volume is both a tribute to Sullivan’s poetic genius and a catalogue of all his graphic work. The authors discuss the social implications of Sullivan’s theories of architecture, with visual proof of his vision in illustrations of his work on paper and in three dimensions. A translation of 'Etude sur l’inspiration,' Sullivan’s seminal and heretofore unpublished credo in verse, is further testimony to his vision. Included is an illustrated catalogue of all extant Sullivan drawings, some never before published.

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The architectural historians Twombly (CUNY, New York) and Menocal (U. Wisconsin, Madison) highlight the social implications of Sullivan's theories of architecture based on nature. The two lengthy essays, which are well illustrated with b&w photographs, are followed by Sullivan's previously unpublished "Study on Inspiration." The remainder of this sumptuous volume (slightly oversize: 8.75x10.5<">) features a complete catalog of Sullivan's drawings, reproduced in good quality b&w. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393048230
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Narciso G. Menocal teaches architectural history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His books include Architecture as Nature: The Transcendentalist Idea of Louis Sullivan.

Robert Twombly teaches at the Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College, New York City. He lives in West Nyack, New York.

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