Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Post Number 900 - Alvar Aalto as a Painter


From the book:

The Complete Catalogue of Architecture, Design and Art

Göran Schildt

ISBN 1 85490 385 3 (HB)

"Aalto was probably induced to choose the career of an architect - despite his 
remarkable gift for painting - by his admiration for his father the surveyor and his 
grandfather the forester and technical inventor. It was simply inevitable for the 
young Aalto to study at the Helsinki Institute of Technology, where both his 
heroes had been trained, and to come into contact with the exact sciences, which 
had been their mainspring. On the other hand, he could not abjure artistic 
creativity and the humanities. Architecture was a compromise, a synthesis which 
united both needs."

Alvar Aalto, Untitled, 1945
Oil, 44.5 x 67 cm.

Alvar Aalto, Untitled, 1949
Oil, 64 x 80 cm.

Alvar Aalto, Untitled, 1949
Oil, 32.5 x 42.5 cm.

Alvar Aalto, Untitled, 1969
Oil, 64 x 80 cm.

Alvar Aalto, Untitled, 1946-47
Oil, 30 x 38 cm.

Alvar Aalto, Untitled, 1955
Oil, 43 x 52 cm.

Alvar Aalto, Untitled, 1959
Oil, 53 x 67 cm.

Alvar Aalto, Untitled, 1946-47
Oil, 32.5 x 39.5 cm.

Alvar Aalto at 14.


  1. No matter the discipline, beauty seemed to spring from his fingertips.

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