Parisian Architecture of the Belle Epoque

Wiley, 20 mar. 2007 - 216 páginas
Turn of the century Paris is often referred to as the belle époque, a golden age of affluence and artistic creativity before the turmoil of the First World War. This was the Paris of artists such as Bonnard, Rodin, Seurat and Vuillard, as well as writers and musicians such as Debussy, Zola and Maupassant. The Eiffel Tower had just been built and the Moulin Rouge was in its heyday - Paris was the cosmopolitan capital of pleasure and culture. The architecture of the period, however, has generally been neglected known only for the Art Nouveau designs of Guimard's Metro entrances and restaurants such as Maxim's. This book, based on a thorough survey of Parisian buildings of the era, connects the medievalism of Viollet-le-Duc, the classical tradition of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and early developments in metal and concrete construction with modern pioneers like Perret, de Baudot and Sauvage. Including the exuberant designs by architects working in the 'Ritz style', as well as the work of a multitude of architects whose names are at present unknown, Parisian Architecture of the Belle Epoque is a truly comprehensive and visually sumptuous study of this under exposed period of architecture.

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Roy Johnston is a professional architect. He has worked as an assistant in public and private practice and more recently as a senior partner in Trehearne and Norman, divided between the design of large modern buildings (schools, hospitals and offices) and restoration and refurbishment of historic buildings. The last few years he has dedicated to the study of the architecture of the Belle Epoque in Paris.

Steve Gorton is an established photographer, with over 20 years’ experience of working with publishers. He has photographed a vast range of subjects, though his quality of observation is particularly borne out in his observation of place and environment, whether natural or manmade. He is also the photographer of English Eccentric Interiors by Miranda Harrison (John Wiley & Sons, 2006).

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