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Le Corbusier Before Le Corbusier: Applied Arts, Architecture, Painting, and Photography, 1907-1922, edited by Stanislaus von Moos and Arthur Rüegg

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Stanislaus von Moos and Arthur Rüegg, editors

In his numerous writings, Le Corbusier remained uncharacteristically silent about his early career. This intriguing book examines his nascent years as a designer and architect, focusing on the period from 1907 to 1922—the year he changed his name from Charles Edouard Jeanneret and established his identity as Le Corbusier. The contributors to the book offer in unprecedented detail an account of Le Corbusier’s formative years and the cultural, intellectual, and artistic concerns that absorbed him as a young artist in Switzerland and Paris.

From 1907 to 1922 Jeanneret learned the art and craft of architecture and design, and defined his own image as an artist. The book discusses the cultural climate of his Swiss hometown, La Chaux-de-Fonds; his early mentors, friends, and clients; his educational pursuits, including his self-designed Grand Tour; and his first successes as an architect and designer. More than 350 illustrations—including architectural drawings and models, watercolors, sketches, photographs, and furniture—show the range of young Le Corbusier’s work and illuminate the principal themes and issues of his formative years.

Stanislaus von Moos is professor of modern art at the University of Zurich. Arthur Rüegg is professor in the School of Architecture at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, and also a practicing architect.

Table of Contents

Susan Weber Soros

Eva-Maria Preiswerk-Losel

Stanislaus von Moos and Arthur Ruegg

compiled by Klaus Spechtenhauser

1. Voyages en Zigzag
Stanislaus von Moos

2. Le Corbusier and the Gothic
Pierre Vaisse

3. Jeanneret, the City, and Photography
Leo Schubert

4. Architecture: Proportion, Classicism, and Other Issues
Francesco Passanti

5. The Challenge of the "Grand Siecle"
Antonio Brucculeri

6. Marcel Levaillant and "La Question du Mobilier"
Arthur Ruegg

7. From Art Nouveau to Purism: Le Corbusier and Painting
Francoise Ducros

with contributions from H. Allen Brooks, Antonio Brucculeri, Marie-Eve Celio, Corinne Charles, Francoise Ducros, Giuliano Gresleri, Francesco Passanti, Klaus Spechtenhauser

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11.6 x 10 x 1.2 in.

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325 pages, 350 illustrations

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