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Pioneers of modern design : From William Morris to Walter Gropius (1936)

by Nikolaus Pevsner

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The history of the Modern Movement in architecture and design was an almost unknown field until Nikolaus Pevsner first published his Pioneers in 1936. This soon came to be recognized as the standard work on the subject and was revised and enlarged in 1949 and has been again revised and partly rewritten for this Pelican edition.

Professor Pevsner tells the exciting story of how the efforts of a relatively small group of men lifted our visual concepts away from the stale Victorian Historicism and infused them once more with honesty, fitness of purpose, and contemporary expression. He shows how the foundation of the best that surrounds us today was laid then by men who thought and taught as well as designed.
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One of the most widely read books on modern design, Nikolaus Pevsner’s landmark work today remains as stimulating as it was when first published in 1936. This expanded edition of Pioneers of Modern Design provides Pevsner’s original text along with significant new and updated information, enhancing Pevsner’s illuminating account of the roots of Modernism. The book now offers many beautiful color illustrations; biographies and bibliographies of all major figures; illustrated short essays on key themes, movements, and individuals; a critique of Pevsner’s analysis from today’s perspective; examples of works after 1914 (where the original study ended); a biography detailing Pevsner’s life and achievements; and much more.

Pevsner saw Modernism as a synthesis of three main sources: William Morris and his followers, the work of nineteenth-century engineers, and Art Nouveau. The author considers the role of these sources in the work of early Modernists and looks at such masters of the movement as C.F.A. Voysey and Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Britain, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in America, and Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner in Vienna. The account concludes with a discussion of the radical break with the past represented by the design work of Walter Gropius and his future Bauhaus colleagues.

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"This expanded edition of Pioneers of Modern Design provides Pevsner's original text along with significant new and revised information, enhancing the author's illuminating account of the roots of Modernism. The book now offers many beautiful color illustrations; updated biographies and bibliographies of all major figures; illustrated short essays on key themes, movements, and individuals; a critique of Pevsner's analysis from today's perspective; examples of works after 1914 (where the original study ended); a biography detailing Pevsner's life and achievements; and much more."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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