Nikolaus Pevsner (1902–1983) was one of the 20th century's most learned and stimulating writers on art and architecture
Nikolaus Pevsner (1902–1983) was one of the 20th century's most learned and stimulating writers on art and architecture. He is best known for his celebrated series of guides, The Buildings of England (46 volumes, published 1951–74) acknowledged as one of the great achievements of 20th-century scholarship.
Phoebe Stanton; Preface-Nikolaus Pevsner. ISBN 10: 0670582166, ISBN 13: 9780670582167. Dust jacket notes: "The most important exponent of the Gothic Revival in English architecture was Augustus Welby Pugin, who in a short working period, from 1835 until his death in 1852, designed more than a hundred buildings, wrote eight books, and established a flourishing business for the production of metalwork and stained glass. Pugin, a Catholic convert, who equated Gothic architecture with Christianity, expressed his profound religious convictions in his writings and in the building of such churches as St Giles, Cheadle, and St Barnabas, Nottingham.
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.
By this time Pevsner had also completed Pioneers of the Modern Movement: from William Morris to Walter Gropius, his . He also completed for Penguin Books the Pelican paperback An Outline of European Architecture, which he had begun to develop while in internment.
By this time Pevsner had also completed Pioneers of the Modern Movement: from William Morris to Walter Gropius, his influential pre-history of what he saw as Walter Gropius's dominance of contemporary design. In 1942, Pevsner finally secured two regular positions.
Pioneers of Modern Design book. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner was one of the twentieth century's most learned and stimulating writers on art and architecture. He established his reputation with Pioneers of Modern Design, though he is probably best known for his celebrated series of guides, The Buildings of England, acknowledged as one of the great achievements of twentieth-century scholarship.
Nikolaus Pevsner's landmark work was first published in 1936. It remains as stimulating and challenging today as it was then. Pevsner saw Modernism as a synthesis of three main sources: William Morris and his followers; the work of the 19th-century engineers; and Art Nouveau. All these form the essential background to the work of the early Modernists, with their rejection of ornament, their use of new materials and their commitment to "utility" and the machine age.
This grand finale tells us how modern design was how art and architecture managed to respond to the possibilites and the challenges of the 20th century. It feels like an story that is objectively told, where everything fits remarkably well together.
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