Shaping an American Landscape: The Art and Architecture of Charles A. Platt


A rich portrait of a major figure in American art and architecture and his role in shaping American cultural identity.
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1995 Hardcover New 0874517044. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--214 pp. With 139 ills. (26 col. ). 29 x 24 cm. Description: "A substantial study of the ... multifaceted career of American architect, painter and printmaker Platt (1861-1933), this catalogue includes reproductions of atmospheric landscape paintings and etchings of urban and coastal scenes produced by the artist in the 1880s and 90s while documenting with drawings and photographs the apartment and commercial buildings and Italianate country houses and landscape designs that reflect his prominent role in the American Renaissance movement from the turn of the century to the 1930s. Six lengthy essays include a discussion of Platt's successful career as a painter-etcher, a review of the principal architectural commissions of his New York-based firm, an analysis of his influential achievements as a landscape architect, and an examination of an Ohio country estate that exemplifies the main characteristics of his style."; 0.97 x 11.22 x Read more Show Less

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A rich portrait of a major figure in American art and architecture and his role in shaping American cultural identity.
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The buildings and gardens Platt designed, Morgan concludes, stand as 'projections of a new American landscape of power, wealth, sophistication, and public benefaction'-a landscape handsomely illustrated in this valuable catalog. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874517040
  • Publisher: Hood Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Lenders to the Exhibition
1 Charles A. Platt and the Promise of American Art 3
2 The Etchings of Charles A. Platt 25
3 The Paintings of Charles A. Platt 51
4 Charles A. Platt and the Fine Art of Landscape Design 75
5 Charles A. Platt in New York, 1900-1933 97
6 Gwinn: The Creation of a New American Landscape 121
Checklist of the Exhibition 143
Chronology 157
Notes 167
Selected Bibliography 187
Photo Credits 193
Index 195
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