Adolf Loos A Private Portrait

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"A valuable fine-grained portrait The English translation of her book is fluent and accurate, conveying well the tone of Claire Loos’ original (which, in turn, to some extent mimics Loos’ own writing style). Richly informative."
Christopher Long, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture

"Claire Beck Loos, a gifted photographer and writer, reveals much about her ex-husband’s mercurial persona in a series of conversationally-toned vignettes . Claire died tragically at 38, at the Riga concentration camp; her memoir thus becomes a haunting tribute not only to Loos's talents, but to her own.."
Judy Pollan, Modernism Magazine

Adolf Loos A Private Portrait is an unusual, literary biography featuring lively, often humorous, snapshots” of Viennese-Czechoslovak architect Adolf Loos. An intimate collection of vignettes reveal Loos’ personality, temperament and philosophy during the last years of his life (1929-1933) and the ways in which he helped shape Modern architecture. This translation, by Constance C. Pontasch and Nicholas Saunders, is the first English edition, the book having enjoyed several reprints in German.

The author, Claire Beck Loos, was a photographer and Adolf Loos’ last wife. She was born in 1904 in Czechoslovakia; her family were Jewish industrialists and important early clients of Loos, commissioning several apartments in Pilsen and works by the architect’s friend Oskar Kokoschka. In addition to being a biography of her husband, Adolf Loos A Private Portrait also serves as a self-portrait of Claire, a vibrant young artist who died a tragic and untimely death at Riga, a Nazi concentration camp, in 1942. The book includes supplemental texts by Claire’s niece Janet Beck Wilson, biographical materials and previously unpublished artistic photographs by the author.

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"Claire [Beck Loos]'s book reveals a sharp eye for capturing personality, story and zeitgeist.” (Stewart Oksenhorn Aspen Times)

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The early Modern architect Adolf Loos (Brno, 1870-Vienna, 1933) was a cultural reformer and revolutionary. His clients included writers and artists, among them Tristan Tzara, Josephine Baker, and his close friends Peter Altenberg, Arnold Schönberg, and Karl Kraus. His students ? including Rudolf Schindler, Richard Neutra, Heinrich Kulka, Jacques Groag, Giussepe De Finetti, and Zladko Neumann ? impacted architecture in the United States, New Zealand, and across Europe.

During his lifetime, Loos designed, built, and remodeled close to one hundred apartments and homes, and undertook large civic projects like schools, government buildings, and workers’ housing. He revolutionized architecture with his innovation of spatial design, the Raumplan. To this day Loos’ works remain tourist attractions ? cafés, bars, and shops can be visited in Vienna; as well, several homes including the Villa Müller and the Khuner House, are open to the public. Over a century after he began to work, the ideas embodied in his architecture and writing remain of vital interest.

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Claire Beck Loos was the last wife of the great Modern master. She was a photographer and writer, born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia in 1904. Her immediate and extended families were significant early clients of Loos.

Claire Beck Loos’ intimate knowledge of the man and the architect are captured here in lively, often-humorous vignettes. More like snapshots than historiography, the contents of her book will be revealing to all those with an interest in the architect and his era. Proclaimed as ?valuable,” and ?a document humain” by the Viennese Neue Freie Presse in 1935, the book was meant to raise funds for Loos’ tomb, and has since become a literary memorial. It is also a self-portrait of a rebellious young woman whose untimely death reverberates with the weight of history.

Adolf Loos? A Private Portrait is the first English edition of the book that has already enjoyed several reprints in German. It provides new information about Adolf Loos’ personal life, his cultural milieu, and the personality that helped to shape early Modern architecture.

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Book Description DoppelHouse Press, United States, 2011. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A valuable fine-grained portrait.The English translation of her book is fluent and accurate, conveying well the tone of Claire Loos original (which, in turn, to some extent mimics Loos own writing style). Richly informative. --Christopher Long, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture Claire Beck Loos, a gifted photographer and writer, .reveals much about her ex-husband s mercurial persona in a series of conversationally-toned vignettes .Claire died tragically at 38, at the Riga concentration camp; her memoir thus becomes a haunting tribute not only to Loos s talents, but to her own. --Judy Pollan, Modernism Magazine Her artist s way of encapsulating the essential about Loos in a mixture of camera-sharp observations is mitigated by an affectionate regard for the brilliant, but deeply flawed man that he was. The book is hugely perceptive and beautifully written. --Dr. Irena Murray, Former Director of the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London Claire [Beck Loos] s book reveals a sharp eye for capturing personality, story and zeitgeist. --Stewart Oksenhorn, Arts Editor, Aspen Times A highly personable and ultimately a sorrowful book about Loos in his declining years .provides a host of important insights into the man, his intellectual circle, and most importantly his approach to the practice of architecture. The memoir is skillfully and lucidly framed by introductory essays and an Afterword. --Dr. Harry Mallgrave, Professor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago [In] short tales of an afternoon or a conversation .you get a very clear sense of who Loos was as a person, or at least how Claire remembers him: an eccentric who flits between intense joy and fury, generous to a fault, unafraid to disagree intensely with a client, full of quips and contradictory ways of seeing the world. It is indeed a personal portrait, and a surprising, quite wonderful little book. --Nicole Stock, Urbis architecture magazine, New Zealand In razor-sharp anecdotes, some a paragraph, some several pages, Claire writes in the present tense. The result is altogether Loosian: timeless, with as little ornament, but as much empathy, as any protege could deliver. Here, theory in the flesh walks in. --Barbara Lamprecht, author of Neutra: Complete Works in a book review for the Society of Architectural Historians Adolf Loos--A Private Portrait is an unusual, literary biography featuring lively, often humorous, snapshots of Viennese-Czechoslovak architect Adolf Loos. An intimate collection of vignettes reveal Loos personality, temperament and philosophy during the last years of his life (1929-1933) and the ways in which he helped shape Modern architecture. This translation, by Constance C. Pontasch and Nicholas Saunders, is the first English edition, the book having enjoyed several reprints in German. The author, Claire Beck Loos, was a photographer and Adolf Loos last wife. She was born in 1904 in Czechoslovakia; her family were Jewish industrialists and important early clients of Loos, commissioning several apartments in Pilsen and works by the architect s friend Oskar Kokoschka. In addition to being a biography of her husband, Adolf Loos--A Private Portrait also serves as a self-portrait of Claire, a vibrant young artist who died a tragic and untimely death at Riga, a Nazi concentration camp, in 1942. The book includes supplemental texts by Claire s niece Janet Beck Wilson, biographical materials and previously unpublished artistic photographs by the author. Seller Inventory # AAC9780983254003

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Book Description DoppelHouse Press, United States, 2011. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A valuable fine-grained portrait.The English translation of her book is fluent and accurate, conveying well the tone of Claire Loos original (which, in turn, to some extent mimics Loos own writing style). Richly informative. --Christopher Long, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture Claire Beck Loos, a gifted photographer and writer, .reveals much about her ex-husband s mercurial persona in a series of conversationally-toned vignettes .Claire died tragically at 38, at the Riga concentration camp; her memoir thus becomes a haunting tribute not only to Loos s talents, but to her own. --Judy Pollan, Modernism Magazine Her artist s way of encapsulating the essential about Loos in a mixture of camera-sharp observations is mitigated by an affectionate regard for the brilliant, but deeply flawed man that he was. The book is hugely perceptive and beautifully written. --Dr. Irena Murray, Former Director of the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London Claire [Beck Loos] s book reveals a sharp eye for capturing personality, story and zeitgeist. --Stewart Oksenhorn, Arts Editor, Aspen Times A highly personable and ultimately a sorrowful book about Loos in his declining years .provides a host of important insights into the man, his intellectual circle, and most importantly his approach to the practice of architecture. The memoir is skillfully and lucidly framed by introductory essays and an Afterword. --Dr. Harry Mallgrave, Professor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago [In] short tales of an afternoon or a conversation .you get a very clear sense of who Loos was as a person, or at least how Claire remembers him: an eccentric who flits between intense joy and fury, generous to a fault, unafraid to disagree intensely with a client, full of quips and contradictory ways of seeing the world. It is indeed a personal portrait, and a surprising, quite wonderful little book. --Nicole Stock, Urbis architecture magazine, New Zealand In razor-sharp anecdotes, some a paragraph, some several pages, Claire writes in the present tense. The result is altogether Loosian: timeless, with as little ornament, but as much empathy, as any protege could deliver. Here, theory in the flesh walks in. --Barbara Lamprecht, author of Neutra: Complete Works in a book review for the Society of Architectural Historians Adolf Loos--A Private Portrait is an unusual, literary biography featuring lively, often humorous, snapshots of Viennese-Czechoslovak architect Adolf Loos. An intimate collection of vignettes reveal Loos personality, temperament and philosophy during the last years of his life (1929-1933) and the ways in which he helped shape Modern architecture. This translation, by Constance C. Pontasch and Nicholas Saunders, is the first English edition, the book having enjoyed several reprints in German. The author, Claire Beck Loos, was a photographer and Adolf Loos last wife. She was born in 1904 in Czechoslovakia; her family were Jewish industrialists and important early clients of Loos, commissioning several apartments in Pilsen and works by the architect s friend Oskar Kokoschka. In addition to being a biography of her husband, Adolf Loos--A Private Portrait also serves as a self-portrait of Claire, a vibrant young artist who died a tragic and untimely death at Riga, a Nazi concentration camp, in 1942. The book includes supplemental texts by Claire s niece Janet Beck Wilson, biographical materials and previously unpublished artistic photographs by the author. Seller Inventory # AAC9780983254003

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