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System of Architectural Ornament, Plate 20, Finis

A work made of graphite on strathmore paper.

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  • A work made of graphite on strathmore paper.

Date:

1923

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 com- missioned 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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Architecture and Design

Artist

Louis H. Sullivan (Architect)

Title

System of Architectural Ornament, Plate 20, Finis

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1923

Medium

Graphite on Strathmore paper

Inscriptions

Signed and dated at bottom right of design, "Louis H. Sullivan fecit Chicago March 19th 1923"

Dimensions

57.7 × 73.5 cm (22 3/4 × 29 in.)

Credit Line

Commissioned by The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

1988.15.20

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