Here, for the first time in this century, is an opportunity to reexamine the philosophy of the Beaux-Arts school of architecture, whose two-hundred-year history represented the body of ideas and buildings against which the modern movement rebelled.Based on the doctrines of architecture formulated by the French Academy during the eighteenth century ...
Here, for the first time in this century, is an opportunity to reexamine the philosophy of the Beaux-Arts school of architecture, whose two-hundred-year history represented the body of ideas and buildings against which the modern movement rebelled.Based on the doctrines of architecture formulated by the French Academy during the eighteenth century, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts system of instruction stressed drawing as the primary means of visualizing architectural form. The "Concours du Grand Prix de Rome" was the ultimate test of ability, and thus the index of the Academy's ideals throughout this period. This book reproduces, in more than 200 drawings, projects for the Grand Prix and for virtually every other type of competition or assignment at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Included are drawings by students who subsequently became preeminent as professional architects--among them Henri Labrouste, architect of the Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, and Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris Opera. All illustrations are accompanied by extensive explanatory captions, and a selection of important larger studies appear on specially folded inserts, enabling the reader to view them in unusually clear and precise detail.Complementing the student work reproduced here is a selection of photographs by major Beaux-Arts buildings executed in France and the United States. In all, the book contains 423 illustrations, 23 in color, and 10 inserts."The Architecture of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts" offers an enlightening analysis of the school. The authors examine Beaux-Arts concepts of theory and practice and assess major work by each of the school's main factions. The essay by Richard Chafee covers the school's complex political and administrative history and is followed by a survey of the school's evolving notions of architectural composition--from Charles Percier through Garnier--by David Van Zanten. Neil Levine discusses the emergence of the "Neo-Grec" and the ideas of Labrouste, which in their preoccupation with literature and meaning in architecture parallel some recent concerns. In the final essay, Arthur Drexler examines such issues as the uses of the past, the ethical implications of style versus "non-style," and the techniques of visualizing buildings that have influenced the development of modern architecture.
First edition. 4to; 40 pp.; illustrated from photographs, plan, and drawings, A very good copy in original wrappers. Catalog for the 1975 MOMA exhibition surveying work done by French masters and students of the Ecole during the 19th century. (NOT to be confused with Drexler's larger 500+ pp. work based on this exhibition. )
b&w and color photo illus. Very Good/ Good+ 525, Grey spine, black title. Minor shelfwear around corners and spine edges. Slight fading to the bottom of the inside boards and eps. Pages clean and tight. Dj with minor shelfwear. Liquid stain to top of spine that wraps to first couple inches along top of dj for a few inches. Sunned spine. Scuffing to back cover. Dj wrapped in brodart.
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Very good in very good dust jacket. Cover has wear mostly around edges fading from age. Minor musty odor from age and pages have natural yellowing around edges. Title page has name written in pencil. Binding has repair. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 528 p. Contains: Illustrations.
Near Fine in Very Good Plus jacket. Exhibition Catalogue. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. Cloth, hardcover in dust jacket., very slight wear to dj at top edge of spine. minor rubbing to bottom edges of boards, no markings or writing, strong binding.; large, heavy book.; distributed by the mit press.; 528pp., 401 illustrations, 24 in color, 12 gatefolds.; contains four major sections by: arthur drexler, richard chafee, david van zanten, and neil levine. major reference work on the period and its influence.
Very Good in Very Good-dust jacket. Hardcover. 4to. MIT Press. 1977. 528 pgs. 401 illustrations, 24 in color with 12 gatefolds. First Edition/Second Printing. DJ in VG shape with some shelfwear present to the DJ (chip to the heel of the spine about the size of a quarter). No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. Bx-265; 4to 11"-13" tall; 528 pages.
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