Sunday, March 18, 2012

RR 9 Etienne-Louis Boullee: A Postrevolution Visionary

Boullee's cenotaph for Sir Isaac Newton. (1784)
Boullee's opera house. (1781)
Boullee's entrance to the Bibliotheque Nationale. (1788)

Etienne-Louis Boullee's architecture flourished during a time where France was in a state of chaos.  The French Revolution brought about a numerous amount of controversial political topics and with this change so did the peoples perception of architecture.  However, Boullee's sketches created a vision of a post-revolution world.  His sketches are extremely large in scale that is usually the central concept or focus of the building or space.  Etienne-Louis Boullee was not known for his physical architecture, but his sketches were widespread for his imaginitive way of seeing the world.   




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