Wow! Am I impressed by your customer service! Thank you for caring about my needs.

Judi Perrysville, OH

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…

Up to 61% Off

Up to 50% Off

400 Series Toned Sketch Hardbound Pad

by Strathmore

Great for light and dark media.

From $15.96

Painting for the Soul

by Walter Foster

Melt away stress and tap into your creativie side.

From $3.89

Fanboy Concept Sketch Pages

by Canson

Get out of the basement

Up to 50% Off

From $1.99

Mirado Black Warrior Pencils

by Papermate

Premium quality art pencils for less
Deal of the Week
(valid thru Jul 4)
 

Willow Charcoal

by Coates

7 mm - 12 mm, scene painters, box of 12

World's finest artists willow charcoal

  Willow Charcoal

 
List: $11.95
 
Non-Member: $7.17
40% OFF
 
VIP Member: $5.38
55% OFF

Latest Product Reviews

Best Brushes I have ever used in my lifetime. It's the perfect brush, stays in form and flows flawlessly.
- Michael in New Jersey
Wonderful brush!! Just wish you carried more sizes.
- Idea Images in Kansas
I've been using Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Technical Pens since 1969. My aunt bought me my first set when I was 12 and I have used them daily ever since. I love the fact that I can mix my ink colors to match my watercolor or my wardrobe and use "Pelikan Drawing Ink A" almost exclusively. Though the inks made by Koh-I-Noor and Winsor Newton are satisfactory. If you are a beginner, I would NOT recommend purchasing anything smaller than an 0 (0.35 mm). Even as a professional I find cleaning a 4x0 to be a challenge. I work most often with a 2x0, and find them to produce the smoothest flow, if kept clean.
- Colleen P in Homer, Alaska

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...