Walter Gropius

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ISBN 9780571295135 Format Hardback
9780571295135
Paperback
Published 07/03/2019 Length 560 pages
560

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*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.

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. 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.
  • About Fiona MacCarthy

    A well-known broadcaster and critic, Fiona MacCarthy established herself as one of the leading writers of biography in Britain with her widely acclaimed book Eric Gill, published in 1989. Her biography of Byron was described by A. N. Wilson as 'a flawless triumph' and William Morris won the Wolfson History Prize and the Writers' Guild Non-Fiction Award. She most recently published Last Curtsey, a memoir of her early life as a debutante

    Fiona is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Hon. Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She was awarded the OBE for services to literature in 2009.

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