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Le Corbusier

French-Swiss, 1887–1965

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Le Corbusier

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French-Swiss, 1887–1965

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Le Corbusier was visionary writer, theorist, and architect, and a lesser-known painter. Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, he adopted his moniker when he began to author architectural designs and paintings. He had a fascination with proportion, modularity, and geometry, often taking his cue from classical architecture theory. His designs, however, were modernist and industrial. He fondly called houses “machines for living in,” and said that the base principal for design is that “it must be beautiful.” Le Corbusier was interested in solving what he called the problem of urban co-habitation, and produced a great number of designs for houses and apartment buildings. Le Corbusier worked at the atelier of Peter Behrens, the training grounds of other architectural masters like Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

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Biography

Le Corbusier was visionary writer, theorist, and architect, and a lesser-known painter. Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, he adopted his moniker when he began to author architectural designs and paintings. He had a fascination with proportion, modularity, and geometry, often taking his cue from classical architecture theory. His designs, however, were modernist and industrial. He fondly called houses “machines for living in,” and said that the base principal for design is that “it must be beautiful.” Le Corbusier was interested in solving what he called the problem of urban co-habitation, and produced a great number of designs for houses and apartment buildings. Le Corbusier worked at the atelier of Peter Behrens, the training grounds of other architectural masters like Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Auction
High auction record
$5m, Phillips, 2015
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou
Group
Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
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Jan 9th, 2017
7 Utopian Design Experiments, from Le Corbusier’s Radiant City to a Ghost Town in China
The World’s Top Architectural Pilgrimages
Aug 15th, 2016
The World’s Top Architectural Pilgrimages
Design Miami/ Questionnaire
Nov 25th, 2013
Design Miami/ Questionnaire
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