NEUTRA. Thomas S. Hines: RICHARD NEUTRA AND THE SEARCH FOR MODERN ARCHITECTURE. New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982.

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Thomas S. Hines

Thomas S. Hines: RICHARD NEUTRA AND THE SEARCH FOR MODERN ARCHITECTURE. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. First edition.  Square quarto. Black cloth stamped in white. Printed dust jacket. 356 pp. 360 black and white images. Architectural historian’s bookplate to front endpaper. Jacket with one short closed tear to lower front panel edge and faint edgewear. A nearly fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket: uncommon thus.

10.5 x 10.5 hardcover book with 356 pages and 360 black and white photographs, drawings and plans of Neutra’s architecture. An uncommon, early and comprehensive monograph on this great Modernist who's work in California remains an inspiration to many. Includes many vintage photographs taken by Shulman under Neutra's direction. Quality printing and reproductions.

Born and raised in Vienna, Richard Neutra (1892-1970) came to America early in his career, settling in California. His influence on post-war architecture is undisputed, the sunny climate and rich landscape being particularly suited to his cool, sleek modern style. Neutra had a keen appreciation for the relationship between people and nature; his trademark plate glass walls and ceilings which turn into deep overhangs have the effect of connecting the indoors with the outdoors. Neutra's ability to incorporate technology, aesthetics, science, and nature into his designs him recognition as one of Modernist architecture's greatest talents.

American photographer Julius Shulman's (1910 – 2009) images of Californian architecture have burned themselves into the retina of the 20th century. Some of his architectural photographs, like the iconic shots of Frank Lloyd Wright's or Pierre Koenig's remarkable structures, have been published countless times. The brilliance of buildings like those by Charles Eames, as well as those of his close friend, Richard Neutra, was first brought to light by Shulman's photography.

The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding for the buildings and their place in the landscape. The precise compositions reveal not just the architectural ideas behind a building's surface, but also the visions and hopes of an entire age. A sense of humanity is always present in his work, even when the human figure is absent from the actual photographs.