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F. X. Velarde, an English Expressionist

Crompton, A and Wilkinson, DE (2019) F. X. Velarde, an English Expressionist. The Journal of Architecture, 24 (3). pp. 325-339. ISSN 1360-2365

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Notable undiscovered architects, like undiscovered composers, are implausible, yet F.X. Velarde OBE, 1897-1960, could be just such a person hiding in plain sight. He is obscure because he confined himself to refining Catholic worship on the eve of Vatican II. His work is an engaging mixture of Modern and Expressionist influences and an example of what has been called medieval modern. The churches he designed in the North West of England are playful and picturesque, often with a toy like quality. He may have been the last British architect to use the sculpted human form in his work. Today his buildings seem fresh and elegant, but also poignant as they evoke the 1950s and so many of them are threatened.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of Architecture on 14/5/19, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13602365.2019.1606026”
Uncontrolled Keywords: F X Velarde; Church Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 11:22
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:56
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/13602365.2019.1606026
Editors: Temple, N
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9641
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