Charles-Édouard Jeanneret - Le Corbusier

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Charles-Édouard Jeanneret - Le Corbusier, 1887-1967

Poème de l'Angle Droit - The Poem of the Right Angle. The Hands.

Circa 1955

Original lithograph in colours. 1955. Signed in pencil. Numbered in pencil from the portfolio signed edition of 60 (see below). Drawn and printed at the studio of Mourlot. Issued by Tériade, Paris 1955. Drawn for the seminal series: ‘Poem of the Right Angle’.

 

Very fine strong impression with strong colours. On pale cream Arches paper. Excellent condition. Full margins. Sheet: 468 x 368 mm.

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Note: The ‘Poème de l’Angle Droit’ is a series of 19 compositions (and a cover illustration) drawn by Le Corbusier in 1955, together with illustrated poems by him, which are considered to be the most comprehensive summary of his architectural and design beliefs and his overall ‘world picture’. It was issued as a portfolio - there was a special issue of 60 examples for which the lithographs were signed by Corbusier (as here). It was followed by a general edition of 250 in which none of the prints were signed.

 

The lithographs and texts of Le Poème de l’Angle Droit are arranged in seven “zones” lettered A-G, and are assigned a thematic title and a color (e.g. A is Environment [green]; B is Mind; C is Flesh [brown]; etc). These titles, and their colour codings, were in part inspired by Le Corbusier’s study of alchemy, and each chapter in the book contains a subset of poetical meditations on alchemical theories of tensions between elements, colours and genders, and the relationship between spiritual evolution and architecture. Le Poème de l’Angle Droit was published in 1955.

 

‘The Hands’ is one of the most famous themes in the series – a symbolic image which appears widely in Corbusier’s work.

 
 
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