Drawing & Collage
By their aesthetic, historical and scientific value, the drawn work represent a corpus of exceptional richness. Its great stylistic variety demonstrates the importance of drawing from Charles-Edouard Jeanneret’s first works at the Ecole d’Art de La Chaux de Fonds, in 1902, until his death in 1965.
Influenced by his training in La Chaux-de-Fonds and his master Charles L’Eplattenier, but also by major artists such as Paul Signac or Henri Matisse, Le Corbusier produced 8,000 drawings and collaged papers as well as numerous sketches and architectural designs.
Drawings from his youth and formative years, travel sketches, still lifes, women, preparatory studies for paintings, objects of poetic reaction (LINK TO THEMATIC DOSSIER VOCABULARY), he multiplied themes, materials and techniques.
If the drawings serves as a memory for the architect, it is also the instrument of research and creation that gives an understanding of the genesis of his work.