« It is in the practice of plastic arts that I found the intellectual sap of my urbanism and my architecture ».
The debut in painting started in 1917 when Le Corbusier, who was still called Charles-Edouard Jeanneret met the artist Amédée Ozenfant and founded Purism with him. The still life will be their favorite genre, the objects of everyday life are geometrized in flat areas of color.
After his break with Ozenfant, Le Corbusier will take for subjects the objects of poetic reaction dear to surrealists, the woman and the figure of the bull.
He devoted several hours a day to painting and produced more than 450 paintings from 1917 to 1965. He was in contact with many artists : Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and André Bauchant.
Most of his works are oil on canvas, but he also experimented with other materials such as wood, isorel or plywood. In 1948, he made a large painting for his studio in the rue de Sèvres on a support of isorel panels.
He also created several murals during his vacations or on the occasion of trips (to Vézelay at Jean Badovici’s, on the site of the Cabanon in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin [Link to PAGE CABANON], at Costantino Nivola’s in Long Island, etc.) or commissions (Swiss Pavilion at the Cité Universitaire Internationale).