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System of Architectural Ornament, Plate 15, Values of the Multiple Leaf

A work made of graphite on strathmore paper.

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  • A work made of graphite on strathmore paper.

Date:

1922

Artist:

Louis H. Sullivan
American, 1856-1924

About this artwork

In 1922 a small group of Louis Sullivan’s friends and colleagues gathered at the Art Institute of Chicago and commissioned him to produce a series of drawings illustrating his philosophy of architecture. Completed in the last year of his life, this project—an essay and 20 detailed plates—outlines Sullivan’s belief that ornament was the supreme expression of a designer’s intellect and creative freedom. The resulting 1924 publication, A System of Architectural Ornament According with a Philosophy of Man’s Powers, was highly influential for the next generation of architects in Chicago and remains a powerful expression of Sullivan’s ideals about organic and modern American architecture.

On View

Architecture and Design, Gallery 285

Artist

Louis H. Sullivan (Architect)

Title

System of Architectural Ornament, Plate 15, Values of the Multiple Leaf

Origin

United States

Date

1922

Medium

Graphite on Strathmore paper

Inscriptions

signed and dated at bottom center of design, "Louis H Sullivan fecit Chicago Aug 29th 1922"

Dimensions

57.7 × 73.5 cm (22 3/4 × 29 in.)

Credit Line

Commissioned by The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

1988.15.15

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