Hector Guimard: Art Nouveau To Modernism

EditorDavid A HanksContribution byBarry Bergdoll, Sarah D. Coffin

April 27, 2021|
Hector Guimard: Art Nouveau To Modernism by David A Hanks
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A beautifully illustrated retrospective of Art Nouveau architect and designer Hector Guimard, positioning him at the forefront of the modernist movement

The aesthetic of architect Hector Guimard (1867–1942) has long characterized French Art Nouveau in the popular imagination. This groundbreaking book showcases all aspects of his artistry and recognizes the fundamental modernity of his work. Known for, among other things, the decorative entrances to the Paris Métro and the associated lettering, he often looked to nature for inspiration, and combined materials such as stone and cast iron in unique ways to create designs composed of curves and waves that evoked movement. Guimard broke away from his classical Beaux-Arts training to advocate a modern, abstract style; he also pioneered the use of standardized models for his design objects and experimented with prefabricated designs in his social housing commissions, advancing the technology of the time. 
With copious, beautifully reproduced illustrations of his architectural drawings as well as his furniture, jewelry, and textile designs, this volume explores Guimard’s full oeuvre and elucidates the significance of his work to the history of modern art. Essays by an international group of scholars present Guimard as a visionary architect, a shrewd entrepreneur, an industrialist, and a social activist.
David A. Hanks is a design historian and curator of the Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, Montreal.
Title:Hector Guimard: Art Nouveau To Modernism
Product dimensions:232 pages, 11.5 X 9 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:232 pages, 11.5 X 9 X 0.98 in
Published:April 27, 2021
Publisher:Yale University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300248364

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