Charles-Édouard Jeanneret - Le Corbusier
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret - Le Corbusier, 1887-1967
Original etching with drypoint, engraving and aquatint in black ink. 1948. Signed with initials in pencil. Numbered (73) from the edition of 100 impressions. Also signed with the monogram and dated in the plate ‘L-C 48 OP5’, indicating the fifth composition in Corbusier's earliest series of prints. Edition issued by the artist in 1948. Printed at the studio of Paul Haasen, Paris 1948.
Ref: Weber- Le Corbusier no 3. Ketterer Le Corbusier 1970 no 3.
Beautiful crisp and tonal impression. On pale cream BFK wove paper. Excellent condition. Sheet: 295 x 255mm. Plate: 120 x 158mm (4 3/4 x 6 1/4ins).
Charles Edouard Jeanneret, now universally known as Le Corbusier, was one of the very greatest and most influential architects and designers of the 20th century. Alongside his architecture he worked continuously in painting and drawing, developing in two dimensions the concepts, themes and influences which he was also to express though his buildings and furniture etc.
It was in the 1940’s that he also began to work in print-making media, attracted in etching by the way that the print press could be made to introduce a sense of texture and surface into an image, in a manner parallel to his use of textural accents in the wall surfaces of a building, rough finished concrete for example.
The small informal sequence of etchings which he drew in the period from 1930 to 1948, which he inscribed with an ‘Opus – work – number, here no 5) are the most significant early prints in his oeuvre. In ‘Murale’ he combines, through the aquatint tone and the linear etched and engraved drawing, the allusions to the human form and the sense of tactile surface which are crucial to his architecture.
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