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Andrzej Piotrowski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673049

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673049.001.0001

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High Modernism according to Le Corbusier

High Modernism according to Le Corbusier

(p.231) 5 High Modernism according to Le Corbusier
Architecture of Thought

Andrzej Piotrowski

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) and his contributions to High Modernism. His work is said to mark a turning point in the development of Western architecture, a radical and self-conscious departure from the artistic legacy of the nineteenth century. Together with Amédée Ozenfant, Le Corbusier proposed purism, a new movement that dismissed the old notion of naturalism in favor of abstraction of objects in painting. Unlike Victorians, he saw no conflict between the work of an artist and an engineer and merged aesthetic and technical considerations. Moreover, while running L’Esprit Nouveau, he challenged the romantic notion of an artist and intellectual and positioned himself as a businessman, a manager in charge of the magazine’s commercial promotion.

Keywords:   Le Corbusier, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, High Modernism, architecture, purism, L’Esprit Nouveau

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