Erik Nitsche: Grundtvig Church, Copenhagen
Artist: Erik Nitsche
Parallel to the development of Expressionism in painting, early twentieth century architects -- especially those in pre-Nazi Germany -- took the fluidity and free association of Art Nouveau architectural shapes one step further. The resulting Expressionist Architecture was known for its innovative forms and imaginative structures. These early Expressionists showed disdain for the straight line, substituting, wherever possible, exuberant asymmetrical curves. These architects also preferred modern materials such as metal, glass and concrete. Although originally centered in Germany, architects from across Europe quickly incorporated the expressionist principles in their designs. These principles can be seen in Peder Vilhelm Jensen Klint's Grundtvig Church in Copenhagen featured in this artwork. The western façade of the Church simulates massed organ pipes, and gives the architect's view of traditional Danish church forms. Thus Klint's design, although exhibiting the Rationalist penchant for rectilinear forms is essentially Expressionistic. This commingling of Expressionism and Rationalism has become a favorite for Danish architects.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Denmark Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued May 4, 1987.
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