Cover image for Le Corbusier's formative years : Charles-Edouard Jeanneret at La Chaux-de-Fonds
Le Corbusier's formative years : Charles-Edouard Jeanneret at La Chaux-de-Fonds
Brooks, H. Allen (Harold Allen), 1925-2010.
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xi, 514 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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In Le Corbusier's Formative Years we learn what made Le Corbusier the person, and the designer that he was. Using twenty years of research, H. Allen Brooks has unearthed an incredible wealth of documents that show every facet of the formative years of this influential architect.

"There is much in this fine volume for anyone interested not just in architecture, but in the roots of human creativity and in the origins of the most powerful artistic current of our century. . . . This book is a life's work of scholarship. It has been well spent."-- Toronto Globe and Mail

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If not the greatest architect of the 20th century, Le Corbusier was certainly the most influential. His reinforced concrete style of building swept the world between 1950 and 1980, and his name is synonymous with modernism in the field. Brooks examines his early years in Switzerland before 1917 when he moved to Paris and made an international star of himself as an artist, architect, and furniture designer. He deals with Le Corbusier's upbringing, education, and early career, including all his little-known early works. "Early years" is perhaps a misnomer, since the book covers exactly 30 years, more than one-third of Le Corbusier's life. Brooks is an eminent architectural historian, and his authoritative text is based on more than 20 years of painstaking archival research. This book will long stand as the basic treatment of this great architect's formative years. It subsumes, though it does not replace, two doctoral dissertations published in 1977: Paul Venable Turner's The Education of Le Corbusier and Mary Patricia May Sekler's The Early Drawings of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) 1902-8. Graduate; faculty. P. Kaufman; Boston Architectural Center

Table of Contents

Color Plates
I La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1887-1907
1 Childhood and Early Schooling, 1887-1907
2 L'Ecole d'Art and Earliest Designs, 1902-1907
II Travels and Apprenticeships, 1907-1911
3 Travels in Northern Italy, 1907
4 Vienna and Two Villa Designs, Winter 1907-1908
5 Paris: Auguste Perret and the Search for an Ideal, 1908-1909
6 Swiss Interlude: Jeanneret's Sojourn at Home
7 Germany and Jeanneret's Awakening: Peter Behrens and the Deutscher Werkbund, 1910-1911
8 Voyage d'Orient, 1911
III Early Professional Career, 1912-1916
9 The Villas Jeanneret-Perret and Favre-Jacot and Jeanneret's Role as Teacher, 1912-1914
10 Dom-ino, La Scala, the Villa Schwob, and Furniture Design, 1914-1916
IV Postscript The Transitional Years: Jeanneret's Move to Paris, 1917-1920
Jeanneret's Publications, 1910-1919