Stanley Abercrombie

  • Beaux-Arts at the Modern

    THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART’S major space for changing exhibitions was occupied all fall by work from the Paris architectural academy which ruled—with the most accomplished of hands—almost the entire architectural profession during the 18th and 19th centuries. “Architecture of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts” offered us 200 drawings by more than 50 would-be architects, some of them now become famous, some of them not. Although by students, few of the drawings betrayed any trace of amateurism. Although drawn with narrowly deliberate objectives (the sketch, or esquisse, was meant to convince a jury of