Le Corbusier Totem, 1963

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Material Paper
Style Mid-Century
Period 20th Century
Width (cm) 80.27
Depth (cm) 2.54
Height (cm) 72.90
Product Code ‌SA00290

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Le Corbusier Totem 1963 Magnificent Charles-Édouard Jeanneret also known as Le Corbusier, ‘Totem’ 1963 is a Limited Edition Le Corbusier Lithograph from an edition of 75, signed and dated lower left in the plate: Le Corbusier 18/10/63, as well as monogrammed and dated L-C 5.5.63, framed in a plain black frame, reserve now Provenance: Private collection London Le Corbusier was a French-Swiss architect, designer, and painter who, along with Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, and Mies van der Rohe, is considered one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Credited with pioneering the Modernist architecture, Le Corbusier popularized open-floor style edifices, the extensive use of concrete in urban buildings, as well as several chair and sofa designs. “Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light,” he once explained. “Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage.” Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris on October 6, 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, he studied visual art and, as a painter, was initially drawn to Cubism before rejecting it to cofound the Purism movement. He also helped launch the journal L’Esprit nouveau, wherein he introduced his groundbreaking essay the Five Points of Architecture, which was represented in material form by his building the Villa Savoye in Poissy, France. In 1955, the city of Chandigarh, India commissioned him as its master urban planner, many of the buildings including the city’s Legislative Assembly and High Court, are still in use today. Le Corbusier died on August 27, 1965 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France while swimming in the Mediterranean. Condition: Overall good condition with good strength of colour and even browned paper, one diagonal crease mark showing across the top left running towards 12 o'clock with a further small cross crease running through it, otherwise good, plain glazed black frame. Dimensions: Height: 28.7” / 73cm Width: 31.6” / 80.5cm Depth: 3” / 10cm.

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