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Adolf Loos - A Private Portrait (English and German Edition) Hardcover – January 1, 2011
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Claire Loos ... published a little book in 1936, Adolf Loos Privat, a series of telling vignettes about Loos and their all too brief life together.... Each is titled and relates a brief story about some moment or exchange in Loos' life of those years, episodes in nearly every instance that Claire Loos witnessed in person. Most of the chapters fall into one of several categories. Among these are incidents that underline Loos' ideas.... There are also chapters that illustrate well Loos' character, his insouciance in matters of money..., his often gruff manner with those around him... [and] his intransigence in questions of design.... What makes the book most valuable is the fine-grained portrait it provides us of Loos' last years, of his activities and his preoccupations.... The English translation of her book, made by Constance C. Pontasch, is fluent and accurate, conveying well the tone of Claire Loos' original (which, in turn, to some extent mimics Loos' own writing style). Paterson's introduction and afterword, along with some forty previously unpublished family photographs, add to the story and help flesh it out. It is a richly informative, if sad, tale, and, in Claire's telling, undoubtedly a very largely truthful one. --Christopher Long, Professor University of Texas, Austin: West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture --Christopher Long, Professor University of Texas, Austin: West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture
--Nicole Stock, Editor for Urbis architecture magazine, New Zealand
Claire [Beck Loos] writes about her husband's colorful life and mercurial moods; his relationships with clients; his strange ways with money and friends and doctors; the time he bought up all the tickets to Schoenberg's "Gurrelieder" and handed them out on a street corner. Her book reveals a sharp eye for capturing personality, story and zeitgeist. --Stewart Oksenhorn, Arts Editor, Aspen Times
Short tales of an afternoon or a conversation, make this [book] unique.... You get a very clear sense of who Loos was as a person, or at least how Claire remembers him: an eccentric who flits between intense joy and fury, generous to a fault, unafraid to disagree intensely with a client, full of quips and contradictory ways of seeing the world. It is indeed a personal portrait, and a surprising, quite wonderful little book. --Nicole Stock, Editor for Urbis architecture magazine, New Zealand
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