Charles-Édouard Jeanneret - Le Corbusier

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Charles-Édouard Jeanneret - Le Corbusier, 1887-1967

Unité no 15.

Circa 1953

Original etching with aquatint printed in colours. 1953/65. Signed in pencil. Inscribed in pencil as H.C. - proof 'hors commerce'. Issued edition of 100 impressions, plus 30 proofs. Etched in August 1953 - with the date in the plate. Edition printed at the studio of Lacourière, 1965. Issued in the series: Unité, Paris 1965. Prov: Proof from the collection of the Corbusier Estate.

Excellent impression with very fresh colours. On pale cream wove Rives paper. Excellent condition. Full margins. Sheet: 22 3/8 x 17 7/8ins. Plate: 16 3/8 x 12 3/8 ins (415x314mm).

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The series Unité was the most important group of prints on which Le Corbusier worked in the later period of his life. Its title derives from his desire to bring together in graphic form the artistic and architectural concepts upon which he had based his work. As an architect-planner his concept of urbanism, the organised grouping of the elements of living, had revolutionised concepts of urban planning. As an artist he had developed through a cubist influence, the celebration of the perfect forms of machine-made objects in the 1920's Purism, to a concept of the essential relationship between the human form and the expression of space. This he extended to his treatment of three dimensional form in architecture, especially through the use of shuttered and reinforced concrete. In Unité he sought to all the elements of his art. Corbusier began work on the Unité prints in 1953. He worked on the 25 compositions of the proposed series at various times over the following 10 years, but the suite remained unfinished. The suite was issued in 1965, with some of the works incomplete.

 
 
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