You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.
Architecture was an important element -- perhaps they most important concrete element -- in Franz Radziwill's art. He was originally trained as a mason and bricklayer, and he renders the brickwork of his buildings with incredible care, such that they are at times almost hyper-realistic.
Despite his affection for the works of man, the urban and espcially the industrial landscapes in his paintings are often dark and alienating. Smoke-belching factories and steel and glass highrises threaten the natural landscape and the family homes it contains. Many of his later paintings could be scenes from post-apocalyptic novels, with blasted moons in black skies hanging dangerously close over ruined cities and mangled possessions.
This book is focused on the studio which Radziwill designed and built at his house in Dangast, a project which illustrates both his interest in architecture and his sentiments. The book also contains letters and photographs of Radziwill, samples of his poetry, essays by various scholars, and a large number of high-quality art reproductions.
Radziwill's painting of his house, with his wife
Landschaft mit haus des kunstlers 1930
Radziwill's house at it appears today: