Horta came closest to achieving the structurally rationalist ideal while gaining renown as the first Art Nourveau architect. An aesthetic of metal and glass construction that is not only functional but also richly decorative with its swirling lines, plant-like forms and sensuous double curves - all these elements constitute the work of this unique Belgian architect. Although influenced by industrial processes, Horta succeeded in achieving a synthesis of the humanist heritage with the potentialities offered by new materials, opening the way to the Modern Movement at large. He developed a private and public syntax of architecture. The private was essentially the language of wrought iron, with its whiplash voluted forms, whislt the public, as in his Hotel Tassel, was a thematic of masonry allowing the revealing of a structural procedure. In his coherent and structured fluid forms, we see in this volume a development through works including Hotel Max Hallet, Hotel Solvay and Hotel Van Eetvelde to the Maison du Peuple - a culmination of his metal and glass aesthetic with its dramatic effect of exposed iron.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian
This lavishly illustrated work highlights the brilliant career of Belgian architect Horta, originator of the Art Nouveau Movement. Among the buildings showcasing his innovative exterior and interior designs are the Hallet, Tassel, and Van Eetvelde houses, L'Innovation department store, museums, hospitals, and his ultimate triumph, the Maison du Peuple (Worker's Union Hall), all of which were a marriage of ideological and political factors. The chapters intertwine an informative text with floor plans, scale drawings, and exquisite illustrations of Horta's signature features, including the whiplash, the curve as optical correction, asymmetry, multiple axes, osmotic surfaces, whirling arrangement of space, and transparency. A chronology includes the current status of Horta's buildings. This notable volume is the first translated into English on the life of Horta. Recommended for libraries emphasizing architecture and the decorative arts.
- Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro Rizzoli, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110847812901