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Student Project, Decatur Memorial Arch, Perspective

A work made of ink and watercolor on paper.

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  • A work made of ink and watercolor on paper.

Date:

1924

Artist:

Paul Durbin McCurry
American, 1903-1991

About this artwork

Early architectural education in the United States followed the model of the Parisian École des Beaux Arts and shared the French school’s focus on draftsmanship and neoclassical styles until well into the 20th century. Paul McCurry was a student at the Armour Institute in Chicago (now the Illinois Institute of Technology) a decade before the school’s transition to a modernist curriculum under the chairmanship of the German émigré Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Monumental sculpture was an integral part of the architect’s training, as seen in McCurry’s student exercise, a grand, domed memorial arch that was inspired by triumphal arches in Imperial Rome and 19th-century Paris, here removed to a garden setting, with high hedges instead of rows of
flanking buildings.

Status

On View, Gallery 285

Department

Architecture and Design

Artist

Paul Durbin McCurry (Architect)

Title

Student Project, Decatur Memorial Arch, Perspective

Origin

United States

Date

1924

Medium

Ink and watercolor on paper

Dimensions

64.5 × 91.3 cm (25 3/8 × 35 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Paul D. McCurry

Reference Number

1983.898

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