Wright, Frank Lloyd.
Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe. Second edition.
Berlin, Ernst Wasmuth Verlag .
[31pp. text and list of plates] missing in this copy.
[This offered copy includes: Reprint of the portfolio published 1910 with the missing text and list of plates].
100 original plates printed in brown ink on glossy white paper.
48,5 x 32,5 cm. Loose as issued in original publisher´s cloth-backed portfolio.
This second edition was published in smaller size by Wasmuth 1924. The rarity of the first publication (1910) is due to the unfortunate destruction of many of the copies in a fire. The Portfolio had enormous influence on the architects of the day and have since become world-famous and highly prized by collectors, scholars, and followers of Wright's career.
The plates are kept in their original sequence, but they are reduced from 64 x 40,5 cm to 48,2 x 32,5 cm. A total of one hundred plates prepared from drawings made at Wright´s Oak Park studio illustrate seventy buildings and projects between 1893 and 1909. They are printed in brown ink on glossy white paper. The plates include perspective views, plans, sections, and interior and exterior details.
It was the first publication of any of Wright's work to appear anywhere in the world, as Wright had not published any of his work in his twenty previous years of activity in the United States. The portfolio is significant as a link between Wright's pioneering American architecture, and the first generation of modernist architects in Europe. Wright toured Europe for a year from October 1909 through October 1910, partly to support the publication of the portfolio, but also to experience firsthand a great deal of European architectural history. Wright's early influence in northern Europe is unquestionable: Le Corbusier is known to have had and shared a copy, Czech architect Antonin Raymond and Austrian architects Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra all re-located to the United States in hopes of working for Wright, and one look at Willem Marinus Dudok's 1924 Hilversum Town Hall betrays its origins. At the time of the portfolio's publication, three major influential architects of the twentieth century (Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius were all working essentially as apprentices in the atelier of Peter Behrens in Berlin, where it has been said that work stopped for the day when the portfolio arrived. If this story is true, it reveals the magnitude of the immediate impact of Wright's architecture in European circles, since Behrens could have conceivably received a copy of the Wasmuth portfolio merely days or weeks after its publication. Wright would never admit that the exchange worked both ways, always claiming that he took nothing from his year in Europe, but the work of Wright scholar Anthony Alofsin suggests that Wright was heavily influenced by the work of the Vienna Secession. In turn, the Dutch De Stijl movement follows Wright's designs by just a few years. De Stijl's major contributors credit Wright with some influence. Approximately half of the images in the Wasmuth portfolio are the work of architect and one-time Wright assistant Marion Mahony Griffin, whose visual style has a lot to do with its success. [Wikipedia].
Robert L. Sweeny, Frank Lloyd Wright. An Annotated Bibliography. Los Angeles 1978. # 87 # 157.
Some browning or soiling of the portfolio, ties fail. Inside fine, well-preserved, complete set.