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Yousuf KARSH | Frank Lloyd Wright

KARSH, Yousuf
Armenia 1908 – United States of America 2002
1925 Canada
Frank Lloyd Wright 1954
gelatin silver photograph
printed image 73.6 (h) x 99.0 (w) cm
Purchased 1973
NGA 1974.396.49
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‘At Taliesin West, his winter home in Arizona, the founder of organic architecture decried men who “scrambled through life … cutting themselves off from the divinity within”.’ (Karsh)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s career spanned over 70 years in which he was a key figure in the development of modern twentieth-century architecture. His approach required simplicity and repose as his first principle and this dictated the removal of unnecessary items, such as interior walls, in his designs, creating the open-space look. His second principle called for as many styles of houses as there are styles of people. At the time Karsh made this portrait of him, Wright was involved in the task of erecting the PriceCompanyTower in Oklahoma, which was to be taller than the JohnsonResearchLaboratoryTower.

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