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Le Corbusier (1887-1965)
Le Corbusier (1887-1965)

Petite confidence ou La Biche

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Le Corbusier (1887-1965)
Petite confidence ou La Biche
signed with initials, inscribed and dated 'III JS. LC. 63' (on the front)
carved iroko wood
Height: 18 in. (45.8 cm.)
Width: 13 5/8 in. (34.2 cm.)
Conceived by Le Corbusier and carved by Joseph Savina in 1963
Provenance
Joseph Savina, Paris.
Private collection, Paris.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Literature
P. Sers, ed., Le Corbusier, Savina, sculptures et dessin, Paris, 1984, p. 94, no. 40, sculpture no. 37bis (another example illustrated).
H. Weber, Le Corbusier-The Artist, Works from the Heidi Weber Collection, Zurich, 1988 (another example illustrated in color).

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Lot Essay

The Fondation Le Corbusier has confirmed the authenticity of this sculpture.

Joseph Savina and Le Corbusier met in 1935, developing a friendship that would turn into a fruitful collaboration ten years later. With mutual admiration, the Breton woodworker and the artist extensively exchanged ideas about formal beauty, as shown by their abundant correspondence. Under Le Corbusier's vigilant eye, Savina executed numerous carvings based on the artists' drawings, including La Biche. As Le Corbusier would comment on those sculptures in letters to Savina in 1944 and 1947: "This type of sculpture comes into what I call the plastic-acoustic: that is to say forms that both speak and listen" (quoted in P. Sers, op.cit., p. 97) and further "Your works are just the right size; art for the apartment; art for the loving collector" (quoted in J. Jenger, Choix de lettres par Le Corbusier, Basel, 2001, p. 283).

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