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Title: Mid-19th century to Fin de Siecle Sculpture and Architecture

Mid-19th century to Fin de Siecle Sculpture and
Wonder when that thing will get done?
Augustus Saint-Gaudens
  • Beaux Arts styleblending elements of Greek
    Classical and French Baroque
  • American Renaissance ---1876-1917
  • U.S. is heir to Greek democracy faith in
    new materials and technology
  • Memorial statue in Rock Creek Park, Washington DC
  • 1891, Grief (Adams Memorial, Mystery of the
    Hereafter) mysterious, mystical, dedicated to
    wife of Henry Adams who killed herself
  • No dates no artist signature
  • Arm brings attention to shrouded face

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
  • Ugolino and Children, 1867---now at the Met.
    Ugolino is accused of betraying his town by not
    fighting hard enough. He is sent to a tower with
    all sons and grandsons to die, ending his
    lineage. Sons offer their bodies to keep their
    father alive.
  • How does it compare to the Classical statue,
    Laocoon Group?
  • terror inside vs outside

c. 175-150 BCE, marble
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
  • French
  • Expressed distress and moral weakness as well as
  • You can see some of his sculptures at the
    Hirshhorn Museum in Washington
  • Went away from the heroic and turned to the
    natural in his sculptures

"There is a statue in each block of marble. It
is just a question of divining it and bringing it
out by removing all that is excessive" - Rodin
The Kiss
Auguste RodinFrench
  • Realist sensibility with an interior emotional
  • Interested in motion through sculpture as well as
    the effects of light on the surface
  • Worked in clay, then cast in bronze
  • Burghurs of Calais, bronze 1884-89 6 men offer
    their lives to save their town in 1347, during
    the 100 years war varying expression, not all
  • Figures sculpted individually, then grouped
  • Rejected at first by the town of Calais as not
    noble enough
  • Gates of Hell, 1880-1917,
  • Gates of Hell,a response to
    Ghilbertis Gates of Paradise in Florence and
    Michaelangelos Last Judgement. Inspired by
    Dantes Inferno, Rodin addresses the inner hell
    of the psyche, not the external hell of the
    devil. Never completednow at Rodin Museum in
    Paris plaster cast into bronze. Sculptures
    include the Thinker, the Ugolino Group, the Kiss
  • The Walking Man, 1877
  • sketchy, rough, impressionistic. Rodin sought
    to express motion and dynamic pose. Headless,
    armless reminds one of a Classical sculpture, yet
    the attributes (texture, stride, motion) are
  • Look for it at the Hirshhorn.

Find Carl Sandbergs poem on the Walking Man
Royal Pavilion at Brighton, England, John Nash,
Here is an example of Romantic architecture, to
be compared with later buildings of the 19th
  • Indo-Saracenic. Indian Gothic. Indo-Islamic.
    Fantasy India! Asian Exoticismfits in with
    Romantic sensibilities.
  • Neo-Gothic meets Mughal.
  • Conquest of India by the Muslims leads to Mughal
    style of architecture in the 1500-1600s. Taj
    Mahal (1648) in India is a famous example.
  • Cupola built over cast iron
  • Interior, cast iron columns used cast iron
  • Built for the Prince Regent of England (later
    King George IV) who didnt like London
  • Brits were on their way to rule all of India
    (mid-century) busy making diplomatic contacts
    and trading connections

Houses of ParliamentBarry and Pugin, 1835
Mimicking medieval times, granite and masonry
define the construction of Neo-Gothic buildings
  • Gothic Revival (Neo-Gothic) cohesiveness with
    other architecture in London
  • Romantic return to roots of the
  • Built after fire destroyed old buildings in 1834
  • Tower groupings including Big Ben, built in 1858
  • Palladian windows and classical regularity
  • Gothic detail and embellishment

Red HouseWilliam Morris, England, 1859
ARCHITECTURE Some builders had no interest in
modern materials of iron and steel, but favored
a return to all things hand made
  • Arts and crafts style
  • Anti-industrial Age
  • Morris designed fabrics, tiles, furniture, all
  • The garden is a room
  • Profoundly influenced by essayist and critic
    Ruskin Romantic, Medieval values and hand-made
  • Marx modern man is alienated from his
    workdoomed to a soul-less production line

Antoni GaudiBarcelona Modernista
  • Catalan Spanish art nouveau style
  • Organic form, undulating, lyrical, subjective,
  • Used elements of nature for design
  • Incorporated new techniques for ironwork,
    ceramics, stained glassall disciplines in which
    he was versed
  • Made 3-D plans for his work used catenary curve
    (the perfect curve of a naturally hanging line)
  • Interior elastic walls of indefinite shape
  • Imaginative use of materials trencadisbroken
    ceramic pieces in design

Casa Batllo, 1906 A private residence
Casa Mila, 1906 an apartment building
first Cast Iron Bridge, 1775-79England, Abraham
Darby, III
But cast iron is a compelling material for
builders and architects
  • As woodlands were disappearing in England,
    mineral fuels such as coal, were in demand. New
    coal furnace technology made cast iron melting
    more affordable. Darby leased a large coal
    furnace and experimented with improved, low-cost
    methods for melting iron
  • 1767, first iron rails were cast
  • 1775-79 first cast iron bridge constructed in
    Coalbrookedale, England
  • Spanned about 100 feet, erected over the river

IRON ALLOYS Wrought iron more pliable pounded
into shape, not melted cannot be broken with a
hammer Cast ironbrittle, but melts at low
temperature for pouring in molds Steel
combination of iron, carbon, nickel and other
minerals to make it very strong and durable
St. Genevieve Library, ParisHenri LaBrouste,
  • Contemporary interior with iron arches, barrel
    vaulting and columns support roof--- independent
    of masonry walls
  • Italian Renn. Revival on exteriorRomantic
  • Felt that buildings should reflect the rational
    and technical effects of modern
    societyarchitecture is a form of communication
  • Large expanse monumental long vaulted reading
    room stacks constructed with open girders
    allowing natural light to come in
  • Importance of book storage due to increase of
    book production in the 19th centurychanged focus
    of libraries from reading rooms to stacks (in
    National Library, constructed by LaBrouste a few
    years later)

Cast Iron
Crystal Palace, LondonJoseph Paxton, 1851
  • First major building to reveal modern exterior
  • Iron skeleton framework and glass panels
  • Paxton was a gardener and designed it as a giant
    greenhouse hall for the Great International
    Exhibition of 1851 (Industrial Age Exhibition )
  • First located in Hyde Park, London, then
    relocated to a suburb
  • burned in 1930s
  • Included pre-fab parts and largest spans of glass
    possible at the time---4 feet long
  • Length of building is almost 2,000 feet ground
    area is _at_ 800,000 square feet. Completed in 6

Wrought and Cast Iron
Eiffel TowerGustave Eiffel, 1889
  • puddle iron lattice tower
  • Built as entrance to 1889 Worlds Fair in Paris
  • Criticized as an eyesore
  • Tallest building in the world when constructed,
    comparable to 81 stories
  • Cables cut during Nazi occupation so that Hitler
    would have to walk up to the top

Hotel Tassel, 1893, BrusselsVictor Horta
Even elaborate art nouveau designers incorporated
cast iron into their modern creations
  • Considered the first true
  • Art Nouveau buildinggraceful lines and
    natural elements
  • Exposed cast iron as a structural
    materialcolumns and girders. Decorative iron
    elements include stair banister
  • Brussels townhouse, affordable only by the rich
  • Hortas grandfather owned one of the first cast
    iron factories in England, enabling the
    Industrial Revolution
  • Horta designs all elements of house, including
    light fixtures and mosaic flooring---
  • Gesamtkunstwerk

1st skyscraper--Home Insurance Company,
ChicagoWilliam LeBaron Jenny, 1883-85
CHICAGO-birthplace of the skyscraper
  • The first steel-frame skyscraper ( of 10 stories
  • Weight of building is held by interior skeleton
    of steelenabling exterior to be a glass curtain
  • Also built with wrought and cast iron
  • Weighed only 1/3 as much as a stone building
  • Great Chicago fire of 1871 created a blank slate
    for architects to develop buildings with the
    newest techniques and materials
  • Jenny considered the father of the Chicago School
  • Important innovations enabling skyscrapers to be
  • inexpensive methods for creating steel had been
    developed by the 1880s
  • the Otis elevator (American) was perfected to
    include a brake system

Destroyed in 1931 to make way for a larger
Marshall Field Wholesale Building, ChicagoHenry
Hodson Richardson, 1885
  • Flat treatment of exterior wallsItalian
    Romanesque Revival
  • Interiorlarge open loft spaces iron columns for
    interior supports
  • Exteriormasonry exterior walls support the
    building slow gradation of masonry from heavy to
  • Rounded Romanesque window arches give appearance
    of 4 floors, but really 7
  • Sunken basement provides more strength for
  • Large scale form with little ornamentation
    masculine to counter feminine department stores
  • Did not include cast iron skeleton--- frame
    consisted of plaster walls for support,
    reinforced with wood, concrete and iron beams

Torn down shortly after 1930 for larger building
The Boathouse is Richardsonian style!
The Reliance Building, ChicagoBurnham and Root,
  • Chicago window horizontal, with large fixed
    central pane and two openable side panels
    developed for office buildings to create more
    light and ventilation. Glass curtain.
  • Load-bearing iron skeleton
  • Floating foundation of reinforced concrete to
    bear heavy weight of structure
  • 14 floors
  • Steel frame clad with terra cotta
  • Still stands currently a hotel
  • Proto-modernAnticipates modern development of

Carson Pierre Scott, ChicagoLouis Sullivan, 1899
  • Steel-frame structure with Chicago
    windowsexterior non-supportive
  • Art-Nouveau bronze cast-iron ornamental work
  • Piers emphasize verticality windows horizontal
  • Sullivan also built the Guaranty Building,
    Buffalo, in 1894..prototype of modern office

Sullivan Form Follows Function in that
everyone was attracted to the beautiful detail
and wanted to shop in the store!
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