Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter Gropius

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Yale University Press, 2005 - Art - 192 pages
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One of the most widely read books on modern design, Nikolaus Pevsnerís landmark work today remains as stimulating as it was when first published in 1936. This expanded edition of Pioneers of Modern Design provides Pevsnerís original text along with significant new and updated information, enhancing Pevsnerís illuminating account of the roots of Modernism. The book now offers many beautiful color illustrations; biographies and bibliographies of all major figures; illustrated short essays on key themes, movements, and individuals; a critique of Pevsnerís analysis from todayís perspective; examples of works after 1914 (where the original study ended); a biography detailing Pevsnerís life and achievements; and much more.

Pevsner saw Modernism as a synthesis of three main sources: William Morris and his followers, the work of nineteenth-century engineers, and Art Nouveau. The author considers the role of these sources in the work of early Modernists and looks at such masters of the movement as C.F.A. Voysey and Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Britain, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in America, and Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner in Vienna. The account concludes with a discussion of the radical break with the past represented by the design work of Walter Gropius and his future Bauhaus colleagues.

  

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Review: Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter Gropius

User Review  - Ralph Zoontjens - Goodreads

Very good book treating developments around architecture and design during the 19th and early 20th century, up to early modernity. This has been the most important period for shaping the future of our ... Read full review

Review: Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter Gropius

User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

I read this before studying in Paris and it was a gorgeous read. It certainly opened my eyes to architecture that I would otherwise just walk past. I recommend this to students of art history and also ... Read full review

Contents

Contents
5
Theories of Art from Morris to Gropius
13
John Raskin
28
Deutscher Werkbund
34
Eighteenninety in Painting
59
Paul Cezanne and the Revolution in Painting
72
Poster Art
78
Victor Horta
96
England Eighteenninety
125
Japonisme
140
The Modern Movement Before
147
The Vienna Sezession and Wiener Werkstatte
164
Votes
170
Bibliography
180
Table of Names and Dates
186
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Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-83), a distinguished scholar of art and architecture, was best known as editor of the 46-volume series The Buildings of England and as founding editor of The Pelican History of Art. Both of these prestigious series are currently published by Yale University Press. Richard Weston is professor at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. He has published extensively on twentieth-century architecture, including his book Materials, Form, and Architecture, published by Yale University Press.

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