Le Corbusier

£2,300.00

Le Corbusier Art Print La Main Ouverte

 

Year: 1963 (first edition)

Printed by: Mourlot, Paris. Weber Pg 19

Edition: 300

Dimensions: 65 x 50 cm

 

The Open Hand 1963 is a limited edition Le Corbusier lithograph. Le Corbusier, The Open Hand is signed and dated in the plate.

The open hand, a symbol of reconciliation, open to receive and to give, is a recurring motif in Le Corbusier’s work. Many sculptures were erected of this optimistic design, the largest being a public monument in the Indian city of Chandigarh. Le Corbusier’s innovative philosophy of design placed emphasis on the Golden Ratio to achieve harmony of proportion, which can be observed in this composition. Signed in stone by the artist. This print comes with a Certificate of Provenance, signed and stamped by Mourlot.

In 1919 Ozenfant and Le Corbusier established the Purist journal L’Esprit Nouveau. In the first issue of the journal, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret adopted the name Le Corbusier, as a pseudonym, reflecting Le Corbusier’s belief that anyone could reinvent themselves.

In the journal L’Esprit Nouveau, Le Corbusier formulated his ideas of modern architecture with strategies to transform society into a more efficient environment with a higher standard of living on all socioeconomic levels. Le Corbusier forcefully argued that this transformation was necessary to avoid the spectra of revolution that would otherwise shake society.

THE ARTIST

LE CORBUSIER

b. 1887 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

 

Le Corbusier cannot be comprehended without including him as a painter, a draftsman and a graphic artist. Art was the foundation with which he built his architectural work upon and develop his modernist vision. Art inspired Le Corbusier to explore his ideas of architectural space, visions which were completely unique and yet to be realised at the time. He experimented with the dissolution and reconstruction of the three dimensional shapes, which can later be seen in his buildings and even in his urban architectural projects. The development that he underwent as an artist was parallel to his development as an architect. It is not without reason that he placed importance on the statement that the key to his architecture was to be found in his artistic work. Le Corbusier cannot be comprehended without including him as a painter, a draftsman and a graphic artist. Art was the foundation with which he built his architectural work upon and develop his modernist vision. Art inspired Le Corbusier to explore his ideas of architectural space, visions which were completely unique and yet to be realised at the time. He experimented with the dissolution and reconstruction of the three dimensional shapes, which can later be seen in his buildings and even in his urban architectural projects. The development that he underwent as an artist was parallel to his development as an architect. It is not without reason that he placed importance on the statement that the key to his architecture was to be found in his artistic work.
By 1920's Le Corbusier was an established architect, but it wasn't until forty years after his death that he gained recognition for his artwork, and the significance it held in art history. He gained strength and inspiration from his art: for decades he devoted every morning to his artwork. Art was “the key to my existence.”