Yousuf KARSH, Frank Lloyd Wright Enlarge 1 /1

Yousuf KARSH

Armenia 1908 – United States of America 2002

  • 1925 Canada

Frank Lloyd Wright 1954 Creation Notes: prtd 1974
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Support: card

Dimensions: printed image 73.6 h x 99.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 74.396.49
Subject: Portrait: male

‘At Taliesin West, his winter home in Arizona, the founder of organic architecture decried men who “scrambled through life … cutting themselves off from the divinity within”.’ (Karsh)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s career spanned over 70 years in which he was a key figure in the development of modern twentieth-century architecture. His approach required simplicity and repose as his first principle and this dictated the removal of unnecessary items, such as interior walls, in his designs, creating the open-space look. His second principle called for as many styles of houses as there are styles of people. At the time Karsh made this portrait of him, Wright was involved in the task of erecting the PriceCompanyTower in Oklahoma, which was to be taller than the JohnsonResearchLaboratoryTower.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra