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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Le Corbusier: Paintings

Most people think of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris) as one of the most influential architects of the 20th century and are familiar with his furniture designs, but he was also a prolific painter.

In 1918 he met several artists--Amédée Ozenfant, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso and others--and developed Purism, a new concept of painting. He painted under his real name at first, but in later years signed his works under the well known pseudonym, which was first originally created for his architectural work.

He had his first exhibition in 1918 and continued to show his work and support the visual arts throughout his lifetime. Over the next few weeks, I will continue this series with posts about his sculpture, drawings and collage, enamel work, tapestry and engraving.

All images from

La cheminée, 1918

Deux bouteilles, 1926

Deux femmes fantasques, 1937

Femme et mains, 1948

Adieu Von, 1957

Taureau, 1963

Gallery poster

Amédée Ozenfant, Albert Jeanneret and Charles-Édouard Jeanneret


  1. Very nice. I see a bit of Picasso, especially Deux femmes fantasques.

    1. They did know each other, and I imagine they influenced each other, whether they would admit it or not.