Le Corbusier

(1887-1965)
Lot 284
Le Corbusier
Chaise lounge
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,187
March 5, 2017
Lot 242
Le Corbusier
La Femme Rose
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $10,000
February 21, 2016
Lot 131
Le Corbusier
Room divider
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $10,000
May 17, 2015
Lot 331
Le Corbusier
Grand Confort chairs (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $5,625
March 1, 2015
Lot 332
Le Corbusier
Chaise lounge
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
March 1, 2015
Lot 528
Le Corbusier
Chaise lounge
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,875
October 12, 2014
Lot 361
Le Corbusier
Untitled (Pl. #16 from Unité Portfolio)
Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized: $2,375
February 23, 2014
Lot 567
Le Corbusier
Chaise lounge
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,625
October 13, 2013
Lot 275
Le Corbusier
Couch and club chairs (3)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $8,750
December 16, 2012
Lot 169
Le Corbusier
Bogota
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Price Realized: $131,250
May 6, 2012
Lot 176
Le Corbusier
Chaise lounge
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,875
May 6, 2012
Lot 238
Le Corbusier
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,592
October 17, 2010
Lot 239
Le Corbusier
Les Oiseaux (from the Unite Series)
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,163
October 17, 2010
Lot 309
Le Corbusier
Wardrobe from Unite d'Habitation, Marseille
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $6,125
May 23, 2010
Lot 331
Le Corbusier
Untitled
Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $14,400
June 3, 2007

About The Artist


The Swiss-French architect, designer and urban planner Le Corbusier (1887–1965) is one of the defining figures of 20th century design. Both radical in thought and prolific in output, Le Corbusier created paintings, furniture, buildings and city streets across the world. His work had a lasting impact on the future of architecture and design.

Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Corbusier followed in his father’s footsteps and trained as an engraver of watch faces. There he learned about art history from a teacher who decided that the young Jeanneret should become an architect. Thereafter, Corbusier traveled Europe, viewing the Greek and Palladian architecture that were to become formative influences on his later work. On his return 1917, he moved to Paris where an encounter with French artist Amédée Ozenfant introduced the young architect to the stripped-back forms of ‘Purist’ painting. Together they founded a review L’Esprit Nouveau, which was to give voice to many of Corbusier’s early theories about architecture and urbanism, most famously: “A house is a machine for living in.”

Corbusier’s writings and unpublished projects brought him great fame and, eventually, the opportunity to realize projects around the world. Like other proponents of The International Style, as it was then termed, such as Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius and others from the Bauhaus school, Corbusier advocated the use of new materials, flat roofs, bare facades and forms which expressed the building’s function. Much of his work was influenced by the theories of figures like Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos who advocated the stripping of ornament from architecture. His signature buildings include the Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles (1952), a modernist multi-story concrete slab, and a late, highly expressive Notre-Dame-du-Haut chapel at Ronchamp (1950-1955).

The streamlined forms and experimental materials of continental modernism were expressed unequivocally in Corbusier’s furniture designs, which encompassed several iconic chair designs, room dividers and cabinets. Throughout his career, Corbusier maintained his artistic practice, often arriving into his architectural office in the afternoons after a morning spent making paintings.

His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions worldwide including "Le Corbusier: Landscapes for the Machine Age," Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013) and "Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture," Barbican Art Gallery, London (2009).

Choay, F., “Le Corbusier”. Encyclopedia Brittanica. Web. October 30, 2016.

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