Louis Henri Sullivan / Stencil / c.  1893Louis Henri Sullivan
c. 1893

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Creator Name: Sullivan Louis
Creator Nationality: American
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: 1856 - 1924
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Louis Henri Sullivan
Title: Stencil
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1892
Creation End Date: 1894
Creation Date: c. 1893
Object Type: Architecture
Classification Term: Architecture
Materials and Techniques: Canvas, pigment
Dimensions: 16-1/8 x 92-1/8 in. (41.0 x 234.0 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 2001.166
Credit Line: Gift of Bob Ulrich and Jill Dahlin
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.cfm
Context: The Chicago Stock Exchange Building, for which this stencil was made, was one of Adler and Sullivan's last commissions before the fiRMDissolved in 1895. Sullivan's repeating organic design motifs were well suited to the technique of stenciling, which was often used to decorate 19th century interiors. Sullivan continued to employ stencils throughout his career, including the interior of the National Farmer's Bank in Owatonna, MN (1907-08). The intertwining circle and oval motif seen in this panel was repeated throughout the Stock Exchange Building, creating a sense of harmony throughout the whole. This stencil design is very similar to the panel design above the elevator grilles in this gallery, also from the Stock Exchange Building. The Stock Exchange Building was demolished in 1972.
Related Multimedia Description: Unified Vision: In the late 19th century, Louis Sullivan conceived the idea of an authentic American architecture suited to the needs of people living in the modern age.Employing his principles of unified design, Sullivan's followers, including Frank Lloyd Wright, William Gray Purcell, and George Grant Elmslie, developed what is now known as the Prairie School.Unified Vision explores these modern concepts through the exemplary Prairie School collection at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Link to Multimedia: http://www.artsmia.org/unified_vision/
AMICA ID: MIA_.2001.166
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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