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Le Corbusier’s Paintings Showcased for the First Time Since 1966

Le Corbusier’s Paintings Showcased for the First Time Since 1966
Trois baigneuses, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
Trois baigneuses, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

They say one cannot separate art from the artist, or perhaps in this case, the artist from the architect. Arguably one of the most criticized architects, Le Corbusier is often portrayed as cold and controlling. Depicting his more dreamy and humorous nature, the Nasjonalmuseet's exhibition titled, “Le Corbusier by the Sea,” draws upon his memories from his summer travels along the coast of southwest France.

Hosted in Villa Stenersen, one of the National Museum's venues, the exhibition showcases Le Corbusier's work as an artist during the period 1926-36. Not only does the exhibition include fifteen of his reproduced paintings alongside a collection of sketches, but also screens two films from Le Corbusier's own footage of his surrounding views.

Trois figures de femme et chien. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP Baigneuse, barque et coquillage. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP Le déjeuner près du pare, 1928. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP La pêcheuse d'huitres, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP + 8

La pêcheuse d'huitres, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
La pêcheuse d'huitres, 1935. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

Like most creative minds, Le Corbusier had a special place to find inspiration. Le Piquey, his treasure trove for ideas, was a place where he simply became Charles-Édouard Jeanneret again, sketching incessantly and freely. Once he arrived back to his Parisian studio, he would rework his drawings into paintings, cementing his thoughts to canvas.

Baigneuse, barque et coquillage. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
Baigneuse, barque et coquillage. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

As a co-creator of the Purist style, Le Corbusier's paintings depict his fascination with the geometries of mundane objects to either emphasize or deconstruct typological forms, informing his early architectural studies. The curation of the artwork from his time spent specifically at Le Piquey aims to highlight how often he drew inspiration from nature and the environment around him. Lesser known is the extent to which these influences impacted his architectural style and even choice of materials.

Le déjeuner près du pare, 1928. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
Le déjeuner près du pare, 1928. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

I am drawn to places where people live naturally. Le Piquey is full of life that is healthy, calm and to scale: to a human scale…This is what civilizations destroy, plunging people into artifice and misfortune.
- Le Corbusier in a letter to his mother, 1932

Le Corbusier & Yvonne Gallis. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP
Le Corbusier & Yvonne Gallis. Image © The Foundation Le Corbusier / FLC ADGAP

Whether liked or disliked, Le Corbusier still remains a deeply faceted individual in the scheme of his larger public identity. Perhaps he only wanted a simple life by the sea, or perhaps the short-lived escapes from the city were enough, but in either case, Le Piquey served as an integral part in formulating his architectural ideologies.

The exhibition curated by Bruno Hubert, Tim Benton, and Talette Simonsen will run until December 16. 

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Cite: Vasundhra Aggarwal. "Le Corbusier’s Paintings Showcased for the First Time Since 1966" 14 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/903626/le-corbusiers-paintings-showcased-for-the-first-time-since-1966/> ISSN 0719-8884

等待半个世纪,柯布西耶画作1966年后首次展出

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