You guys are a pleasure to do business with.

Charlotte Narragansett, RI

More Testimonials »

Styles & Periods
20th Century Architecture

Twentieth century architecture, like other art forms, was charged with formulating a response to the technologies and tensions of the industrial age. The first response came from the Art Nouveau movement, which self-consciously sought to synthesize all the arts into an art form based on nature that could be mass-produced. This yen for synthesis was shared by the Bauhaus. Art Nouveau architects like Victor Horta and Antonio Gaudi, rendered the twining shapes of foliage in cast iron, and created an organic environment in which each element related to and depended on the rest. Modernist architecture’s clean lines and spare aspects bear little resemblance to the somewhat extravagant style, but both styles demonstrate an interest in pure form, geometry and the organic whole. They also both rely on "new" materials. The various branches of Modernism – America’s Frank Lloyd Wright, Holland’s De Stijl, Germany’s Bauhaus and the International Style - added purity to the top of their list of concerns. Architects wanted to purge buildings of their traditional trappings in order to reveal the underlying forms and structures, but within modernism was a tension between the organic and the geometric. For the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this concern with purity was wedded with a deep commitment toward integrating buildings with nature. He deplored the "box" shape that would come to dominate the world’s horizons. Prominent Modernist architects, who brought that geometry to the fore, include László Moholy-Nagy, Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Postmodernism in architecture arose in the latter part of the 20th century as a reaction against the perceived rigidity or over-formalism of Modernism. Postmodern architecture returns to historicism, drawing boldly from various ornamental styles. Charles Moore, Robert Venturi, Philip Johnson and Michael Graves are postmodern architects who create building with a conglomerate of styles, often to controversial effect.


Feeling inspired? Try out these fine products…

From $0.98

Col-Erase Colored Pencils (Each)

by Prismacolor

THE erasable colored pencil!

Up to 48% Off

Maxi Colour Box

by Reeves

Beautiful boxed set

From $2.57

From $3.42

From $7.49

TK 9400 Clutch Drawing Pencils

by Faber-Castell

A clean, comfortable pencil

From $15.16

How to Draw and Paint Fairies

by Watson-Guptill

Perfect for fantasy beginners
Deal of the Week
(valid thru Dec 13)
 

Deluxe Glass Etching Kit

by Armour

Start etching today

  Deluxe Glass Etching Kit

 
List: $25.95
 
Non-Member: $19.46
25% OFF
 
VIP Member: $15.57
40% OFF

Latest Product Reviews

I like the White Galaxy Marker very much for writing on dark paper, and I have used it to cover another color when I needed to disguise a mistake or simply change effect. For example, I bought an ornament with name SCARLETT spelled on it and by covering the last 't', I was able to give this to someone with a cat named SCARLET. If color to be covered is a paint or other pen color, that can make the other color "stain" the white marker tip. This can be avoided if one is sure first color is dry before trying to cover it with white.
- Virginia in Richmond VA
I have been using Pelikan opaque watercolors for 40 years. I love them. They last a long time. The colors are great. Also, with more pigment, you can achieve rich vibrant colors that don't fade. I don't put my finished pieces in the sun. And they don`t dry up like tube watercolors. I have given them as presents also.
- Diana B. in Chimayo, NM
A++ Product. Great quality. I've been buying this for years now.
- alez in california

Free Download for Kids

Download free coloring book pages Download FREE
coloring book
pages to color at
home or school.

View Pages »

Please wait...
Please wait...