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Architecture Forgetting Colour: Crystal Palace and Impressionism
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Critical Studies in Architecture.
2005 (English)In: AIC Colour 05. The 10th Congress of the International Colour Association: Proceedings Book. Part I / [ed] Juan L. Nieves, Javier Hernández-Andrés, Granada: AIC, International Colour Association , 2005, 201-204 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The ephemeral architecture of the World Fairs was important for the architectural history of the 20th Century. When the architectural theoretician Sigfried Giedion in 1941 regards the conception of space in modern architecture portended in Crystal Palace he notes the iron and the glass but not the architectural colour scheme. The colour scheme of the architect Owen Jones may be regarded as an early example of impressionism – or neo-impressionism; movements which in painting were of great importance to later art movements including architecture. The Swedish architectural historian Elias Cornell emhasised the impact of the colour scheme on the perception of space in Crystal Palace in his doctoral thesis of 1952 and in 1977 the American architectural theoretician David Van Zanten uses the term impressionist colour for its colour scheme. This paper discusses the significance of architectural impressionism by a comparison between the descriptions of Giedion, Cornell and Van Zanten using studies of impressionism and neo-impressionism.

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Granada: AIC, International Colour Association , 2005. 201-204 p.
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Architecture, 19th and 20th Centuries, Colour, Impressionism, Crystal Palace
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-92319ISBN: 84-609-5163-4OAI: diva2:513286
AIC Colour 05

QC 20130619

Available from: 2012-04-01 Created: 2012-04-01 Last updated: 2013-06-19Bibliographically approved

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