Le Corbusier: The Artist behind the Architect

Behind a great architect, there is always a great artist. This can be said of one of the most acclaimed architects of the 20th century, the Swiss-French designer, Le Corbusier (1887-1965), whose real name is Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris.

It All Started with Art
“I was born to look at pictures and to draw … the bottom of my research and my intellectual production has its secret in the uninterrupted practice of painting”, said Le Corbusier who attributed his design creative its roots to the practice of painting and graphic arts, activities to which he devoted himself with passion, commitment and patience.

As a co-creator of the Purist style, Le Corbusier’s painted the geometries of mundane objects to emphasize or deconstruct their forms, a practice which informed his early architectural studies. As he once explained,

Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. 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; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity. It is for this reason that these are beautiful forms, the most beautiful forms.

Selected Art Works of Le Corbusier

Le dejeuneur pres du pare, 1928.


Le pecheuse d’huitres, 1935.


Trois baignueses, 1935.


“I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies”.


“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”

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