Victor Horta

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Wiley, 14 lug 1995 - 224 pagine
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Victor Horta David Dernie * Alastair Carew-Cox The collection of photographs, drawings and text brought together in this monograph represents the most significant contribution to studies on Victor Horta in recent years. David Dernie and Alastair Carew-Cox present much new material and a fresh insight into the work of this most influential architect of late nineteenth-century Europe. Their intention has not been to provide an encyclopaedic coverage of Horta's work, but to illuminate the themes, conflicts and inspirations which lie behind his most important buildings. In a series of essays David Dernie examines Horta's training and formative years in Paris and Brussels: the influence of Viollet-le-Duc, Alphonse Balat, and most importantly the new avant-garde movements and the dominant Symbolist aesthetic in Belgian art and literature which were powerfully synthesised in the annual exhibitions of Les XX. Having thus provided a basis for the interpretation of Horta's oeuvre, the richly illustrated second section of the book presents the key buildings of his Art Nouveau period, from 1889 to 1923, including the Hôtels Tassel and Van Eetvelde, and the Maison and Atelier Horta. The book has the full support of the Musée Horta in Brussels and almost all of the images are unpublished elsewhere, making this collection an invaluable source.

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David Dernie graduated from Cambridge University. He is an architect and now teaches at Cambridge. In 1991 he was commissioned to design and organise the first Horta exhibition to be held in this country, by the Building Centre Trust, London. He has lectured widely on Horta and has undertaken several measured drawings of his work. Between 1991 and 1993 he was Rome Scholar in Architecture at the British School in Rome and is currently completing text and drawings for his next book on the iconology of materials in Mannerist gardens. Alastair Carew-Cox is an architectural photographer. He graduated with BA (Hons) in Visual Communications from Wolverhampton Art College. He was appointed photographer for the Building Centre Trust exhibition on Victor Horta which toured the UK in 1991/92. His award winning work has been exhibited and published throughout Europe, and he is currently working on a series of photographs of stained glass designs from the Arts and Crafts period.

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