January 19, 2011

Le Corbusier Art

Le Corbusier, born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, was one of modern architecture's giants.  However, he is less well known for his writing, sculpture and painting. It is estimated that he left around 7,000 watercolor paintings and 500 oil paintings during his prolific artistic life. He was part of the avant-garde purist movement that claimed a work of art should possess a sense of mathematical order.  The compositions of his paintings were organized by  geometric principles intended to establish harmonious proportions–a procedure he also used in his architecture. He painted shapes of everyday objects–bottles, pipes, glasses, musical instruments–because they held a purity in their simple shapes, which coincided with purist aspirations for industrial art. Le Corbusier said, "Part of every day of my life has been devoted to drawing. I have never stopped drawing and painting, looking wherever I could for the secrets of form. You don’t have to look any further than this for the key to my work and research....” His legacy as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century would confirm this commitment. Images resource:(1 & 2) Mirage Studio Seven, (3) Lark About, (4) The Curated Object, (5) RIBA Journal More information on Le Corbusier's art can be found at: USA/Today.com, Upcommons.upc.edu, arc space.com,

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