Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Das Haus Peter Behrens. Mit einem Versuch über Kunst und Leben (House Peter Behrens. With an Attempt About Art and Life). Kurt Breysig.
Das Haus Peter Behrens. Mit einem Versuch über Kunst und Leben (House Peter Behrens. With an Attempt About Art and Life)
Das Haus Peter Behrens. Mit einem Versuch über Kunst und Leben (House Peter Behrens. With an Attempt About Art and Life)
Das Haus Peter Behrens. Mit einem Versuch über Kunst und Leben (House Peter Behrens. With an Attempt About Art and Life)
Das Haus Peter Behrens. Mit einem Versuch über Kunst und Leben (House Peter Behrens. With an Attempt About Art and Life)
Das Haus Peter Behrens. Mit einem Versuch über Kunst und Leben (House Peter Behrens. With an Attempt About Art and Life)
Das Haus Peter Behrens. Mit einem Versuch über Kunst und Leben (House Peter Behrens. With an Attempt About Art and Life)
Das Haus Peter Behrens. Mit einem Versuch über Kunst und Leben (House Peter Behrens. With an Attempt About Art and Life)

Das Haus Peter Behrens. Mit einem Versuch über Kunst und Leben (House Peter Behrens. With an Attempt About Art and Life)

Darmstadt: Alexander Koch, 1902. First edition. Softcover. Quarto. (5) 135-194 (7)pp. 4 color plates, 1 leaf laid in. Original brown stiff wraps with gilt Judendstil design and lettering on cover, gilt publisher's device and lettering on back cover. Jugendstil design in green on title page. Decorative initial with elaborate Jugendstil decor. Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, Volume 5, Issue 4, January 1902.

Special issue of the renowned art magazine Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration featuring Peter Behrens' house at the artist colony Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt. The three story villa was the first architectural design, including the interior, of the painter and graphic artist Peter Behrens. It was built for the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in 1901.

Mathildenhöhe was founded on the behest of Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, in 1899. The direction for the planning of the hilltop location was assigned to the young architect Joseph Maria Olbrich. The team sought to create a new form of living according to the tenets of the life reform movement of the time. In May 1901 the first IBA was opened under the title "Ein Dokument Deutscher Kunst (A Document of German Art)" when the colony was completed.

The three-story villa architecture with an almost square floor plan looks distinctive and innovative at the same time thanks to the unusual material of red-brown iron clinker and green-glazed facing bricks in this region. The bright, ornament-free plastered surfaces in between form an attractive contrast to the idiosyncratic use of these building ceramics. The high, curved gables in the north and west give the building an almost sacred character.

An inscription above the window lintel on the west side underscores the pathos of this artist's villa: Steh' fest mein Haus im Weltgebraus (Stand firm, my house in world's race (Weltgebraus is a German compound word describing the roaring world, its bluster, the race of humanity), originally coined by the lyricist Walter Dehmel and adapted by Peter Behrens.

The issue is illustrated with four color plates showing the facades facing North and East, the garden and the mosaic floor executed/laid by Villeroy & Boch, Mettlach, and numerous b/w reproductions of photographs of exterior and furnished interior, beautiful drawings of lighting fixtures, lattices, door handles and plans. At rear seven pages of announcements, e.g. an interior design competition, interior decorators, wallpapers, including an ad of the Behrens Studio on the last page. Laid in a publisher's a double page announcement of price increases for the subscription of the magazine with an intricate headpiece drawing. Near fine condition. Item #48450

Price: $950.00

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