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OSCAR NIEMEYER AND BRAZILIAN FREE-FORM MODERNISM (1994)

DAVID KENDRICK UNDERWOOD
1994


Publisher: George Braziller INC
Edited By: David Kendrick
Building: Softback
Dimensions: 18.54 x 1.27 x 25.15 cm
Language: English
Pages: 127

This book explores a central theme of Niemeyer's work: a reflection of the Brazilian jeito, a supple and improvisational style manifested in everything from the country's sensual, undulating landscape to its attraction to spontaneous impulses, best known through its vibrant music and dance. The jeito and the milieu of Rio de Janeiro are at the heart of Niemeyer's style of free-form, which emphasises the inherent plasticity of the native curve over the rigid Style in Europe. A second theme brought to light in the book is Niemeyer of the poetic influence of Le Corbusier. Also deliberated in the volume is Niemeyer's attraction to surrealist biomorphic forms and his desire to express a sense of the fantastic in architecture. A final theme examined is Niemeyer's search for an aesthetic utopia that would resolve social dilemmas by wishing them away through architecture.