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Walter Gropius

Walter Gropius

Last 1 in stock
ISBN
9780571295135
Published
07/03/2019
9780571295135
Format
Hardback
Price
£30.00
Paperback
560

About the Book

*BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK *
*Illustrated with over 130 colour photographs and drawings*

In her majestic biography of Walter Gropius, charismatic founder of the Bauhaus, Fiona MacCarthy argues that his visionary ideas still influence the way we live, work, and think today.

'An absolute triumph.' Edmund de Waal, bestselling author of The Hare with Amber Eyes
'Moving and vivid ... Hard to beat.' Rowan Moore, Observer
'Commanding, intelligent, gripping.' Laura Freeman, Times

Mention the Bauhaus and iconic objects such as a Marianne Brandt teapot, an Anni Albers weaving or a Marcel Breuer chair leap to mind. But the Bauhaus was more than an art school – it was the birth of a radical new philosophy of design: a constellation of talents including Kandinsky, Klee and Moholy-Nagy, at the heart of which was Walter Gropius.

Celebrated biographer Fiona MacCarthy grippingly narrates the story of the ground-breaking architect's life beginning with his shattering experiences in World War One before his turbulent marriage to the notorious Alma Mahler and the tragic death of their daughter. After Gropius' agonized decision to leave Nazi Germany in 1933, she explores his life in exile by tracing how a disorientating period in London evolved into a peaceful marriage with Ise Gropius, and his late starring role in twentieth-century architecture in America.

Challenging views of Gropius as a doctrinaire modernist, MacCarthy's modern reassessment of Gropius’ interior life is biography at its finest: insightful, witty, and gloriously three-dimensional.

*BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK **Illustrated with over 130 colour photographs and drawings*In her majestic biography of Walter Gropius, charismatic founder of the Bauhaus, Fiona MacCarthy argues that his visionary ideas still influence the way we live, work, and think today. 'An absolute triumph.' Edmund de Waal, bestselling author of The Hare with Amber Eyes'Moving and vivid ... Hard to beat.' Rowan Moore, Observer'Commanding, intelligent, gripping.' Laura Freeman, TimesMention the Bauhaus and iconic objects such as a Marianne Brandt teapot, an Anni Albers weaving or a Marcel Breuer chair leap to mind. But the Bauhaus was more than an art school – it was the birth of a radical new philosophy of design: a constellation of talents including Kandinsky, Klee and Moholy-Nagy, at the heart of which was Walter Gropius. Celebrated biographer Fiona MacCarthy grippingly narrates the story of the ground-breaking architect's life beginning with his shattering experiences in World War One before his turbulent marriage to the notorious Alma Mahler and the tragic death of their daughter. After Gropius' agonized decision to leave Nazi Germany in 1933, she explores his life in exile by tracing how a disorientating period in London evolved into a peaceful marriage with Ise Gropius, and his late starring role in twentieth-century architecture in America. Challenging views of Gropius as a doctrinaire modernist, MacCarthy's modern reassessment of Gropius’ interior life is biography at its finest: insightful, witty, and gloriously three-dimensional.
  • Fiona MacCarthy

    A former Guardian critic, Fiona MacCarthy established herself as one of the leading writers of biography in Britain with her widely acclaimed Eric Gill (1989). Her next book, William Morris (1994), won the Wolfson History Prize. Her Byron: Life and Legend (2002) has been described as 'one of the great literary biographies of our time'. She also received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Last Pre-Raphaelite (2011), and was awarded the OBE in 2009.


    She was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art. She was married to David Mellor, one of Britain’s leading industrial designers.  She died in 2020 at the age of 80.

“This is an absolute triumph - ideas, lives and the dramas of the twentieth century are woven together in a feat of storytelling. A masterpiece.”
- Edmund de Waal
“Engrossing ... MacCarthy's approach to biography has been to combine an appreciation of design and art with a willingness to delve into the personal lives of her subjects. This book is no exception .. MacCarthy's book does justice to these achievements ... Moving and vivid ... As a way of bringing the human stories of this extraordinary phenomenon to life, it's hard to beat.”
- Rowan Moore, Observer (Book of the Day)

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