Sensual buildings: Seeing Art in a whole Nouveau way
Buildings designed in the Art Nouveau style are among the most beautiful and ornate ever constructed. Featuring highly stylized decorative elements both inside and out, these sensual structures from the 19th to early 20th century combine graceful curves with strong lines, floral themes, asymmetrical compositions, and both neo-Gothic and Oriental influences.
Japanese photographer Keiichi Tahara's images offer a personal and dramatic view of Art Nouveau's remaining architectural marvels throughout Europe. With an eye for eerie details, Tahara captures the extraordinary balustrades, painted ceilings, sculptural elements, stained-glass windows that make up these elaborate, almost animate, structures.
His chosen buildings showcase the work of dozens of architects, including the movement's well-known protagonists Gaudi, Horta, Hoffmann, Loos, and Mackintosh.
Text by Riichi Miyake accompanies Tahara's pictures to describe the buildings' floor plans and designs.
Text in English, French, and German
About the Authors
Born in Tokyo in 1951, Keiichi Tahara lived in Paris from 1973 to 2004 before moving back to his native city, where he lives and works today. In his approach to photograpy, Keiichi Tahara values the dynamics of light and shadow as much as the medium and its effects. Considered one of architecture's great photographers, his series include the Louvre (1995), l’Opéra Garnier (1996), Egypt (1997), and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar (2008). He has won many awards, including the Niépce award for his body of work in 1988.
Riichi Miyake (b. 1948) was educated at the University of Tokyo (1972) and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1979). After working as a professor at Shibaura Institute of Technology, Université de Liège, Keio University, and Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, he is currently professor at Fuji Women’s University in Sapporo. His fields of expertise are history of architecture, heritage conservation, and art management. Miyake's publications include Le dessin d'Architecture de l’Ecole des Beaux Arts (1989), The Monophysites (1994), Weaving Culture, Creating Culture (2005), and Saint-Gobain (2010).
Peter Gössel runs an agency for museum and exhibition design. He has published TASCHEN monographs on Julius Shulman, R. M. Schindler, John Lautner, and Richard Neutra as well as several architecture titles in the Basic Art Series.
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Number Of Pages: 966
Published: 20th April 2016
Publisher: Taschen GmbH
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 36.8 x 27.0
Weight (kg): 8.0