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It is in the practice of the plastic arts (phenomenon of pure creation), that I found the intellectual sap for my town planning and my architecture.

 

 Above all renowned for emblematic buildings such as Villa Savoye, the housing unit in Marseille, and the Ronchamp chapel, Le Corbusier is a polymath who led a double life for fifty years as well as a double career.  Both reknown artist and architect, from the second half of his life, Le Corbusier often mentions the considerable influence that his plastic arts had on his architectural and urban planning.

 

 

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

Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, the Swiss-born artist and architect better known as Le Corbusier made his name after moving to Paris in 1917. Together with the French painter Amédée Ozenfant he created and led a variation of the Cubist movement called Purism, where objects are represented as elementary forms devoid of detail. After 1925 the movement gave way to melodic figural compositions which would leave a lasting impact on the future generations of Abstract Expressionists. 

 

Le Corbusier's influence has few parallels within the 20th century; his unique and visionary approach to art and architecture established a new modern vision for living that has become an integral part of 21st century life. Drawing remained a central aspect of Le Corbusier's multi-faceted artistic practice throughout his career as a means through which to express himself in a more personal manner, and as a vehicle through which to attain a pure form of poetry. It was an indispensable medium not only for communicating his utopian architectural visions but also for exercising his artistic and purely plastic ideas.

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