Die Sachlichkeit in der modernen Kunst. Vorwort von Henry Van de Velde.
Paris and Leipzig, Verlag Henri Jonquières (1930).
Large 4to. 123 + (3)pp, 144 photo plates. Publisher’s cloth. Plates slightly creased at outer bottom corner. Brian Housden’s copy.
German-language version of Casteels’s L’Art Moderne Primitif, presumably issued not long after the original French-language edition. Although the title of this volume refers to “die Sachlichkeit in modernen Kunst”, the volume, as in its French-language counterpart, is in reality entirely devoted to architecture, with numerous handsome photo plates providing images of recent buildings (many reproduced in sepia) by well-known modernist architects, including Berlage, Bourgeois, Le Corbusier, Dudok, Gropius, Mallet-Stevens, Mendelsohn, A. & G.Perret, and Van de Velde (who contributes a brief introduction). It should be noted that in the German version the presence of the introduction by Van de Velde is announced on the title leaf, while the list of plates at the end of the volume that had appeared in the French version is omitted, doubtless because of the controversial character of Casteels’s accompanying comments. Jaeger 0518.