Le Corbusier - The Creative Search

The Formative Years of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret

By Geoffrey H. Baker

© 1995 – Taylor & Francis

320 pages | 50 Color Illus. | 360 B/W Illus.

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pub: 1995-12-21
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About the Book

This book is a unique analysis and explanation of Le Corbusier's early education, his travels in Europe and the East, his buildings and his Purist paintings.

As one of the key architects of the twentieth century, Le Corbusier continues to excite and intrigue architects, artists and students. He acquired his skills as a designer by a meticulous study of historical examples of art and architecture and although he wrote and published widely throughout his life, his early notebooks, diaries and sketches have never before been properly analysed and discussed. In bringing together the very best of his early sketches, Professor Baker explains how they relate to his first buildings. He also provides extensive evidence of the way John Ruskin influenced the young Charles-Edouard Jeanneret.

The book is illustrated by over 300 of Le Corbusier's sketches and designs and is an important contribution to the understanding of this great architect.


'Baker has made a provocative and revelatory book, and he has been excellently served by his publishers who have laid on copious quantities of illustrations closely related to the text.' - Architectural Review

'This most detailed account of Le Corbusier's early years so far generally available is something to celebrate and enjoy…Never before have the travel sketches of the young Charles Edouard Jeanneret been reproduced in colour and in such a large format.' - Architects' Journal

'This in-depth study of the work and wisdom of one of the twentieth century's most important form-givers delves into the creative process of an architect's mind in a way that few other books have achieved.' - School Arts Magazine

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. La Chaux-de-Fonds: The Art School 1901 - 1905. The Villa Fallet, 1905. The study tour to Italy, 1907. Vienna, the Stotzer and Jacquemet Houses, Paris, Germany 1908-1910. The journey to the east 1911. La Chaux-de-Fonds 1912-1917. Paris and Purism 1917-1920. Conclusion. Index.

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HISTORY / General