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    Sale 12294

    Impressionist & Modern Art

    24 June 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 26

    Le Corbusier (1887-1965)


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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Le Corbusier (1887-1965)
    signed and inscribed indistinctly '35 rue de Sèvres anniversaire 6 octobre 56 amitiés aux amis Le Corbusier' (lower right), dated and inscribed in black pen 'pour Jane 15 oct 1956' (lower right), with the monogram and dated again 'LC 6 9 56' (within the composition)
    tirage héliographique
    23 x 25 in. (58.5 x 63.6 cm.)
    Conceived in Paris on 6 September 1956 and printed in edition of no more than 20

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    Eric Mouchet has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    Taureau by Le Corbusier is a print study for the oil painting Taureau XII (N. Jornod & J-P. Jornod 421), of the same year. This work, characteristic of Le Corbusier’s best-known style, depicts a subject he painted numerous times, the head of a bull. The provenance of this work is unique as it once belonged to Dame Jane Drew (1911-1996), the famous English Modern Architect and close friend of Le Corbusier. Drew first met Le Corbusier at the Congres International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) and participated to the founding of Modern Architectural ReSearch (MARS) with him. She was later asked to design the city of Chandigarh in India by the prime minister but due to her commitments to other projects, she convinced Le Corbusier to take the lead on the development, which would become one of his best known. Drew, her husband Maxwell Fry, and Le Corbusier’s cousin Pierre Jeanneret lived in Chandigarh for three years during the 1950s, each designing specific buildings. The present work was a gift from Le Corbusier to Dame Jane Drew in the 1950s, as evidenced by the inscriptions at the lower right of the composition.

    Special Notice

    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Dame Jane Drew, England, by whom acquired directly from the artist in October 1956.
    Private collection, England, a gift from the above in 1986.
    Private collection, England, a gift from the above.

    Saleroom Notice

    The estimate for this lot should be £ 700-1000 and not as printed in the catalogue.

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