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Gropius : the man who built the Bauhaus

Author: Fiona MacCarthy
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019 ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Harvard University Press edition, 2019View all editions and formats
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The impact of Walter Gropius can be measured in his buildings--Fagus Factory, Bauhaus Dessau, Pan Am--but no less in his students. I. M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, Anni Albers, Philip Johnson, Fumihiko Maki: countless masters were once disciples at the Bauhaus in Berlin and at Harvard. Between 1910 and 1930, Gropius was at the center of European modernism and avant-garde society glamor, only to be exiled to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Walter Gropius
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fiona MacCarthy
ISBN: 9780674737853 0674737857
OCLC Number: 1112413870
Notes: 15208284
"First published in 2018 by Faber & Faber Limited Bloomsbury House United Kingdom."
Description: viii, 547 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits, genealogical table ; 25 cm
Contents: Gropius family tree --
Preface: The silver prince --
First life: Germany. Berlin 1883-1907 ; Spain 1907-1908 ; Berlin 1908-1910 ; Vienna and Alma Mahler 1910-1913 ; Gropius at war 1914-1918 ; Bauhaus: Weimar and Lily Hildebrandt 1919-1920 ; Bauhaus: Weimar and Maria Benemann 1920-1922 ; Bauhaus: Weimar and Ise Gropius 1923-1925 ; Bauhaus: Dessau 1925-1926 ; Bauhaus: Dessau 1927-1928 ; America 1928 ; Berlin 1928-1932 ; Berlin 1933-1934 --
Second life: England. London, Berlin, Rome 1934 ; London 1934 ; London 1935 ; London 1935-1936 ; London 1936-1937 --
Third life: America. Harvard 1937-1939 ; Harvard and the Second World War 1940-1944 ; Return to Berlin 1945-1947 ; Harvard and TAC 1948-1952 ; Wandering star: Japan, Paris, London, Baghdad, Berlin 1953-1959 ; New England 1960-1969 --
Afterword: Reverberations
Responsibility: Fiona MacCarthy

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Fiona MacCarthy challenges the image of Walter Gropius as a doctrinaire architectural rationalist, bringing out the vision and courage that carried him through a politically hostile age. Approaching  Read more...

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