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AS NOTED yesterday, it was Renaissance artists who learned to transform flat renderings into more realist images through perspective. Four centuries later, the invention of photography presented new challenges of representing reality. Today, John Pile, editor of Drawings of Architectural Interiors, continues his commentary of my favorite drawings in this book.
Architects often strive for the spirit of a design, not necessarily photographic realism. Pile observes, “It is the least formal sketches of Le Corbusier or Kahn, or the more self-conscious but perfectly expressive drawings of Wright that give us the strongest sense of direct communication from a powerfully creative mind.”
“All too many architects,” Pile writes, “see their art mostly in terms of exterior masses….” However, he notes, “It is impossible to think of Ronchamp [Notre Dame du Ronchamps, 1950, a stunningly modern Catholic church by Le Corbusier], the Johnson Wax Office Building or the Dulles Airport terminal apart from their interiors. Such buildings stand out from the mass of rabbit-warren towers in a way that is recognized by every layman.”
“All too many architects,” Pile writes, “see their art mostly in terms of exterior masses….” But, fortunately, others excel within as well.
Pile observes, “This attitude [about interior renderings] seems to be connected with a peculiar embarrassment about ‘interior decoration’, a trade and/or art that has had a long history as a kind of camp-follower to architecture. The very term “decoration” implies something superficial, transitory and dispensable.”
Admiring the River Seine from a Loewy stateroom. Or enjoying a good book with the sounds of the ocean nearby. Yes, these would put things in perspective. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2017