Le Corbusier. Still life, (1925).

ADC staff
Tremaine Collection / Miller Co. art & design
2 April 2019 | Updated 24 February 2020

Le Corbusier
Still life, (c. 1925)
Oil on canvas
39 1/2 x 32 in. (100.3 x 81.3 cm)
Acquired 1948 from artist
(L01178-81)


The following is an excerpt from: Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art. (1948). Painting toward architecture, p. 26. [Essay by Henry-Russell Hitchcock; foreword by Alfred H. Barr, Jr.; introduction by Burton Tremaine; acknowledgements by Emily Hall Tremaine, art director; certain artwork entries by Mary Chalmers Rathbun; graphic design by Bradbury Thompson].

"In France in 1918 the architect Le Corbusier joined the painter Ozenfant in publishing a magazine, L’Esprit Nouveau, concerned with all the arts. It was characteristic of the period to form small groups of artists with rigid theoretical programmes. The purists— as Ozenfant and Le Corbusier called themselves— aspired aspiring to regain the general public interest in modern painting which they believed the cubists had lost. They therefore built up their pictorial compositions out of everyday objects such as bottles, pitchers and glasses whose forms were familiar to everyone. But they also believed that these objects had reached an anonymous sort of standardized purity in their simple shapes which coincided with purist aspirations for industrial art. They used the most conventionally agreeable pastel coloring in preference to the harsher tonalities of the cubists, and sought an evenness of touch and a smoothness of finish which they considered appropriate to a machine age."

The current location of Le Corbusier’s Still life is unknown.

To learn more about Le Corbusier’s Still life since 1948, click the link(s) to articles and exhibition compilations with documentation below.

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