Le Corbusier before Le Corbusier: Applied Arts, Architecture, Painting, and Photography, 1907-1922

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This book is the catalogue for an exhibit that will open at the Langmatt Foundation in Baden, Switzerland, April to June 2002, and then travel to the Bard Graduate Center, New York, November 2002 to January 2003.
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The title refers to the formative years of the master architect, when he was still known as Charles- douard Jeanneret-Gris. After a brief chronology of the subject's life until 1922, a series of essays examines his early years from the perspectives of his travels, love of photography, classical roots, embrace of the concept of Raumkunst (or spatial art, through which he developed an acute sense of interior scale), and talent as a painter. Also serving as an exhibition catalog for a show that ran in Switzerland last spring and will appear at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York City until January 2003, the volume includes 350 excellent illustrations of work from this period (in both black-and-white and color), divided into four sections with explanatory text. Rarely do we see the visual language of a designer so well documented and deeply interpreted as in this book, edited by modern art professor von Moos (Univ. of Zurich) and Swiss architect and professor Regg. This is a happy occasion for students of Le Corbusier. For larger collections.-Paul Glassman, New York Sch. of Interior Design Lib. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300093575
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 13
Introduction 15
Chronology 19
1 Voyages en Zigzag 23
2 Le Corbusier and the Gothic 45
3 Jeanneret, the City, and Photography 55
4 Architecture: Proportion, Classicism, and Other Issues 69
5 The Challenge of the "Grand Siecle" 99
6 Marcel Levaillant and "La Question du Mobilier" 109
7 From Art Nouveau to Purism: Le Corbusier and Painting 133
Catalogue 142
Notes to the Catalogue 283
Checklist of the Exhibition 303
List of Sources Cited 313
Index 317
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