Rosemarie Haag Bletter: Expressionist architecture (1986)

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Rosemarie Haag Bletter discusses the expressionist movement after World War I, focusing on Erich Mendelsohn and Bruno Taut.

Haag Bletter emphasizes the continuity of expressionism lies not in stylistic formalism, but in the underlying concepts and social convictions of the period.

Haag Bletter distinguishes the expressionist movement after World War I from other contemporary movements, such as cubism or futurism. She examines the historian Sigfried Giedion and his opposition to the work of Mendelsohn and other expressionists.

Haag Bletter reviews the development of anti-urban attitudes post-World War I, which were affiliated with the rise of expressionism. She describes movements promoting the abandonment of cities in favor of smaller communes.

Haag Bletter discusses the work of Bruno Taut. She discusses the relationship between invention and the fantastic and impossible within the utopian ideals of expressionism. Haag Bletter emphasizes the continuity of expressionism lies not in stylistic formalism, but in the underlying concepts and social convictions of the period.

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