About this artwork
In 1922 a small group of friends and colleagues worked with the Art Institute to commission a series of drawings from Louis Sullivan illustrating his philosophy of architectural ornament. Completed in the last year of his life, this project—an essay and twenty detailed plates—explores Sullivan’s belief that ornament was the consummate expression of the architect’s intellect and creative freedom, ideas that would have a great impact on the next generation of architects in Chicago. This publication is now understood as one of the most influential statements on modern architecture ever produced.
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- Architecture and Design
- Louis H. Sullivan
- System of Architectural Ornament, Plate 19, Untitled
- United States
- Graphite on Strathmore paper
- Signed and dated at bottom right of design, "Louis H. Sullivan fecit: 6/11/23 Chicago"
- 57.7 × 73.5 cm (22 3/4 × 29 in.)
- Commissioned by The Art Institute of Chicago