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Court House Studies, Interior Perspective Study

A work made of ink on paper, mounted on archival board.

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  • A work made of ink on paper, mounted on archival board.


c. 1931–1938


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
American, born Germany, 1886–1969

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is widely recognized as one of the most influential figures in the development of modern architecture. Operating on the principle of “less is more,” he utilized materials such as industrial steel and plate glass in his strikingly minimal designs, which are notably free of decorative forms. As director of the German Bauhaus during the early 1930s, Mies formalized his notion of unifying form with function. In 1937 he immigrated to Chicago, where he became director of the School of Architecture at the Armour Institute of Technology (later the Illinois Institute of Technology). His legacy is still felt in the school program’s stress on the fundamentals, materials, and function of architectural design. This Court House Study depicts a vast, open interior in which two slender columns provide the only visible means of support. The wide-angle perspective emphasizes the building’s strong horizontal character. A nearly seamless wall of glass fills living areas with light and dissolves the boundary between interior and exterior.


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Architecture and Design


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


Court House Studies, Interior Perspective Study


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Designed 1926–1943


Ink on paper, mounted on archival board


21.4 × 29.9 cm (8 7/16 × 11 13/16 in.)

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Gift of A. James Speyer

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