Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, WSJ Hedcut


The portrait style I developed for the Wall Street Journal, known as the WSJ hedcut, has also graced the pages of other publications, The Boston Globe for one, the Reader’s Digest for another. This image was produced while I was Senior Illustrator at the Journal, moonlighting for Reader’s Digest. I did a lot of work for RD. This is another in my Architects series for their First Day of Issue offering to stamp-collectors.


Of Mies Van Der Rohe, Wikipedia relates,’He created an influential twentieth-century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. His mature buildings made use of modern materials such as industrial steel and plate glass to define interior spaces. He strove toward an architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of free-flowing open space. He called his buildings “skin and bones” architecture. He sought a rational approach that would guide the creative process of architectural design, but he was always concerned with expressing the spirit of the modern era. He is often associated with his quotation of the aphorisms, “less is more” and “God is in the details“.’

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