Saturday, March 29, 2008

Drawings by Marion Mahony

Australian Flora and Fauna

For all of you who wrote your papers on Frank Lloyd Wright, here's an interesting article about Marion Mahony, Wright's chief draftsperson, whose drawings captured the world's imagination for Wright.

Link to NY Times article

Excerpt below:

Mahony’s drawings, retraced in ink, formed much of what came to be known as the Wasmuth Portfolio, a compendium of Wright’s designs published in Germany in 1910. The portfolio not only established him as America’s reigning architectural genius but also influenced European Modernists like Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.

“She did the drawings people think of when they think of Frank Lloyd Wright,” said Debora Wood, who organized a show of Mahony’s work at Northwestern University in 2005.

Marion Mahony was also the wife of Walter Burley Griffin, a name I used to hear a lot while growing up in Australia. He was the architect who designed Australia's capital city, Canberra. More info on this is included in the NY Times article.

Eucalyptus trees, ink on silk

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