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Artwork information

Category

Print

Technique

Color lithograph on Arches paper

Date

1962

Dimensions

80 cm x 60 cm

Signature

Signed lower right

Proof(s) of authenticity

Sold with a certificate of provenance issued by the publisher Mourlot

State of conservation

Very good

Framing

No

Location

Paris, France

Description

This lithograph is a rare printer's proof on Arches paper. It is signed in the lower right corner of the plate and printed by the publisher Mourlot.

This rare lithograph by Le Corbusier depicts the Modulor Man, a figure playing an important role in the artist's architectural work. Following in the footsteps of Pythagoras and Da Vinci, he designed the anthropometric scale seen here.

Le Corbusier chose a male figure, with his arm raised, as the standard of measurement - representing the 'whole man'. Signed in stone with an intriguing annotation by the artist, "Ami du Modulaire, cherche par toi-même, invente, découvre... Apporte tes inventions, elles seront utiles. Merci ami, Le Corbusier".

Possibility to buy the artwork framed. We are at your disposal to inform you about the work and the choice of its frame.


Le Corbusier

Painter
Drawer
Sculptor
SwitzerlandBorn in : 1887Famous artistFamous artist

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris of his real name was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland on 6 October 1887. Coming from a family of craftsmen, he began training as an engraver-chiseler in 1900, but as he could only see with one eye, he was forced to abandon this manual discipline. This is how he turned to painting, however in 1904, his painting teacher told him that he was not talented enough and pushed him to take up decoration and architecture. The young Swiss man was soon under the spell of architecture.

During his youth, Le Corbusier travels a lot in Europe and North Africa, he is inspired by his various journeys in his creations. In 1914, he became self-employed and opened an independent architectural practice. For the first three years, his activity stagnated despite a few commissions.

In 1917, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris chose to settle in Paris in view of the major reconstruction needs caused by the First World War. He soon met a Parisian painter: Amédée Ozenfant. Together, they created "purisme", a very pure artistic genre opposed to cubism. The two artists founded "L'Esprit nouveau", an art and architecture magazine in which Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris took the pseudonym "Le Corbusier".

His first firm went bankrupt, and he decided to join forces with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret to found another one. This firm would become his only workshop for the rest of his life. 

Later, Le Corbusier became famous thanks to works describing his techniques and his vision of art. He put his theories into practice on many building sites, always combining aesthetics with functionality. One example is the Villa Savoye, built between 1928 and 1931 in Poissy, France.

Le Corbusier was also interested in furniture. With Charlotte Perriand, he imagined several pieces of furniture in a rather minimalist style: the famous "LC4" armchair, tables, chairs and sofas.

From 1928 onwards, Le Corbusier took part in the International Congress of Modern Architecture. In the Charter of Athens, Le Corbusier presented his designs of architecture.

In 1930, he became French and married Yvonne Gallis. The latter had a very positive influence on him.

After the Second World War, Le Corbusier proposed his "Unités d'habitation" and built the Cité radieuse de Marseille.

In 1950, he published "le Modulor", which presents a modern architecture based on the golden section.

Le Corbusier had a profound influence on the 20th century. 17 of Le Corbusier's buildings are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Le Corbusier died on 27 August 1965 at the age of 77.

Le Corbusier

SwitzerlandBorn in : 1887Famous artistFamous artist
Painter
Drawer
Sculptor

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris of his real name was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland on 6 October 1887. Coming from a family of craftsmen, he began training as an engraver-chiseler in 1900, but as he could only see with one eye, he was forced to abandon this manual discipline. This is how he turned to painting, however in 1904, his painting teacher told him that he was not talented enough and pushed him to take up decoration and architecture. The young Swiss man was soon under the spell of architecture.

During his youth, Le Corbusier travels a lot in Europe and North Africa, he is inspired by his various journeys in his creations. In 1914, he became self-employed and opened an independent architectural practice. For the first three years, his activity stagnated despite a few commissions.

In 1917, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris chose to settle in Paris in view of the major reconstruction needs caused by the First World War. He soon met a Parisian painter: Amédée Ozenfant. Together, they created "purisme", a very pure artistic genre opposed to cubism. The two artists founded "L'Esprit nouveau", an art and architecture magazine in which Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris took the pseudonym "Le Corbusier".

His first firm went bankrupt, and he decided to join forces with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret to found another one. This firm would become his only workshop for the rest of his life. 

Later, Le Corbusier became famous thanks to works describing his techniques and his vision of art. He put his theories into practice on many building sites, always combining aesthetics with functionality. One example is the Villa Savoye, built between 1928 and 1931 in Poissy, France.

Le Corbusier was also interested in furniture. With Charlotte Perriand, he imagined several pieces of furniture in a rather minimalist style: the famous "LC4" armchair, tables, chairs and sofas.

From 1928 onwards, Le Corbusier took part in the International Congress of Modern Architecture. In the Charter of Athens, Le Corbusier presented his designs of architecture.

In 1930, he became French and married Yvonne Gallis. The latter had a very positive influence on him.

After the Second World War, Le Corbusier proposed his "Unités d'habitation" and built the Cité radieuse de Marseille.

In 1950, he published "le Modulor", which presents a modern architecture based on the golden section.

Le Corbusier had a profound influence on the 20th century. 17 of Le Corbusier's buildings are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Le Corbusier died on 27 August 1965 at the age of 77.