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 The book has the full support of the Musée Horta in Brussels and almost all of the images are unpublished elsewhere, making this collection an invaluable source.
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Academy aesthetic Alphonse Balat Anna Boch architect architecture Archive photographs Art Nouveau interiors artistic avenue Louise avenue Palmerston Balat basement Beaux-Arts Braecke Brussels building central colour curved decorative depth detail dining room door Edicule Lambeaux Edmond Eetvelde house Emile Emile Verhaeren entrance exhibition Fernand Khnopff fin de siècle floor level Frison Gallé Ghent glass glazed Goncourts ground floor Horta's Art Nouveau Hôtel Solvay Hôtel Tassel images courtesy iron frames ironwork Jean Delhaye Jef Lambeaux Jeune Belgique L'Art moderne La Jeune Belgique laylight Les XX Libre de Brussels light main stair Maison du Peuple marble materials Max Hallet Mémoires metres mirrors monument mosaic Musée Horta original painting Palais Paris Pavilion Picard Quoted rear Rodenbach salon sculptor second floor space stair hall stairwell stone street facade structure studio style surface Symbolist tion top lit transparent Université Libre Verhaeren Victor Horta Viollet-le-Duc wall Whilst window winter garden