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Le Corbusier

Denise René Gallery

Charles Edouard Jeanneret, called Le Corbusier, was surely one of the greatest architects in the history of that art. Even his stupendous state funeral in the courtyard of the Louvre in 1965 was a milestone in the record of public respect for modern art. Le Corbusier was, of course, primarily an architect and to judge him on any other grounds would be like calling Picasso to task for a fairly slack career as a sculptor. But he was always interested in the plastic arts and he painted and drew all the time. At lectures given in America he even painted and drew while he talked. He had a sculptural side too, but it was sublimated into the modeling of the concrete that his mentor Auguste Perret had first taught him to use.

The painting part never got quite sublimated, and consists of two kinds of work: the use of color on architectural surfaces, and easel paintings of a heterodox Cubist type

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