Frank Lloyd Wright Automotive Portrait II

Frank Lloyd Wright viewed automobiles as a form of architecture. His various cars reflected his personas, as did his architectural schools, Taliesin West and Taliesin East. This 1953 Bentley R Type Sedanca Coupe reflects Wright’s more suave and continental “east coast” image, with the dark “Taliesin Red” color and the Sedanca open chauffeur's cockpit adding a rakish panache to the conservative Bentley.

A signature element of Wright’s designs, the spiral ramp, reflected in the Guggenheim Museum and the Max Hoffman Showroom in New York, were a result of his desire to meld automotive with architecture. The architect even coined the phrase "carport” which was an element of many of his homes, including the Wright House in Phoenix, which he designed for his son David.

"One of the joys of life is to learn new and exciting things about your subject," remarked artist Robert Diepenbrock, "I never knew that Wright had such a passion for automobiles and this effected his architecture as deeply as it did."

The Bentley Sedanca Coupe which forms the centerpiece of this Portrait, are photographs taken by the artist at the David Wright House in Phoenix during the Arizona Concours d'Elegance tour.

This second in a series of Historic Automotive Portraits celebrating the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright is a "bookend" to the first Portrait of the architect's AC Roadster and represents his tastes later in life. As you can see while he was older and more sophisticated he still had that Wright flair.


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