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Monographs or surveys on architectural movements and architects from the post WW I era (1918) to the present.

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Pevsner, Nikolaus, Pioneers of Modern Design from William Morris to Walter Gropius, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1949, second edition, 4to (10.25" x 7.75"), HB, blue cloth boards w/ embossed gilt titles; lt blue dj w/ black & red titles, VG+ / VG. Extremities slightly bumped. DJ spine & edges darkened, edgeworn, spine extremities beginning to chip.

152 pp. 130+ b/w illus. Nice list of MoMA's mid-century publications on rear dj. Early edition of a classic text reprinted many times (first ed. 1936). Contents: Theories of Art from Morris to Gropius; From 1851 to Morris and the Arts and Crafts; 1890 in Painting; Art Nouveau; Engineering and Architecture in the Nineteenth Century; England, 1890 to 1914; The Modern Movement before 1914. Includes notes, table of names & dates, & index. Pevsner examines design movements from the latter half of the 19th century through the pre-World War I period and includes a chapter on artistic theories of the times (mid 20th C). In this groundbreaking work posits that Wm. Morris laid the foundations of the modern style whose character was later defined by Gropius. Included in his discourse are the works of Tiffany, Borrardus, Sullivan, Burhham & Root, Wright, Mies & Gropius. Printed by E. L. Hildreth & Company, Brattleboro, Vermont, for the Museum of Modern Art.

"Such are the challenging theses that underlie this path-breaking, learned and yet immensely readable account.

Pevsner considers design in Britain from the Great Exhibition of 1851 to William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement; the state of painting in the 1890s; Art Nouveau (and its extraordinary offshoots in the work of Gaudi); Victorian engineering and architecture.

All these form the essential background to the pioneers’ rejection of ornament, use of new materials and commitment to ‘utility’ and the machine age.

Voysey and Mackintosh in Britain were among the early masters of the Modern Movement.

Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in America, the Sezession School, Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner in Vienna and finally, Gropius and his Bauhaus colleagues perfected the style.

Their relationships, achievements and influence are described and celebrated in this classic survey." Blurb from later PB edition    [Book ID # 1067]


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