Louis Kahn

Estonian-American, 1901–1974

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Louis Kahn

Estonian-American, 1901–1974

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Louis Kahn is known for his contributions to architecture as both a visionary and a professor, having famously designed the Yale University Art Gallery along with countless commissions around the U.S. for museums, libraries, and research institutes. His profession is easily readable in his drawings, which usually feature landscapes with man-made structures as subjects. Kahn was rigorously trained in the Beaux-Arts tradition with an emphasis on traditional drawing. His characteristic aesthetic, however, is defined by loose marks and abstracted representations, influenced in part by Giorgio de Chirico. He developed this style when he traveled through Europe after leaving art school, making sketches as he went sightseeing; many of his artworks are fragments of a lifelong travelogue.

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Biography

Louis Kahn is known for his contributions to architecture as both a visionary and a professor, having famously designed the Yale University Art Gallery along with countless commissions around the U.S. for museums, libraries, and research institutes. His profession is easily readable in his drawings, which usually feature landscapes with man-made structures as subjects. Kahn was rigorously trained in the Beaux-Arts tradition with an emphasis on traditional drawing. His characteristic aesthetic, however, is defined by loose marks and abstracted representations, influenced in part by Giorgio de Chirico. He developed this style when he traveled through Europe after leaving art school, making sketches as he went sightseeing; many of his artworks are fragments of a lifelong travelogue.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou
Group
Group show at a major institution
ICA London
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition