Michel de Frémin

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(fl. early C18).

French critic, the author of Mémoires critiques d'architecture (1702), which argued for a rational approach to design, drawing attention to restrictions suggested by the site, materials, costs, and needs of the users. He stated that the Orders and rules of Classicism were of no great significance, and viewed medieval Gothic buildings such as Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame in Paris as more logical works of architecture than Classical buildings such as the Church of St-Sulpice, Paris. He was an influence on Neo-Classicism. See also Primitive Hut.

Middleton & Watkin (1987);D. Watkin (1986)

Subjects: Architecture.

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