The Easel

Spotlight: I.M. Pei

The Bauhaus casts a long shadow. A young Pei was feeling skeptical about architecture but somehow ended up studying under Walter Gropius, architect founder of the Bauhaus. Thus inspired, Pei went on to champion modernist architecture throughout an illustrious career. His glass pyramid entrance to the French Renaissance-styled Louvre created uproar when first proposed but is now an architectural icon.