Drawings for a Living Architecture

Drawings for a Living Architecture
1959 by Horizon Press
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From the dust jacket: A collection of 200 original sketches and presentation drawings, 75 in color. A drawing of the 1880s is followed by examples of every decade until the present; 60 drawings show some of Mr. Wright’s recent, most challenging works. The architect himself supervised the selection of this material from the rich accumulation in the files at Taliesin, his Wisconsin home. The collection features hitherto unpublished drawings, first sketches and rough notes of ideas, as well as colored renderings prepared by Mr. Wright or by his senior apprentices and perfected by his own hand. Painstaking reproduction preserves the rich coloring of many important drawings. Pen or pencil lines in pristine clarity have been recovered from the fragile records of Frank Lloyd Wright’s revolutionary concepts.

Texts are limited to two essays – the longer, a lucid interpretation of Mr. Wright’s architecture by one of Italy’s most eminent critics, Professor Giuseppe Samonà, Director of the Institute of Architecture at the University of Venice. Mr. A. Hyatt Mayor, Curator of Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, contributes a concise estimate of the drawings published here, as seen in the light of the fascinating evolution of architectural draughtsmanship. Faithful, colorful and ample, this splendidly produced volume offers an unparalleled close-up of 70 years of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture as it originated in his studio.