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Le Corbusier (1887 - 1965)

This portfolio was published in September 1955 by the editions Verve, and consists of 20 lithographs with a format of 32 x 42cm printed by Mourlot Freres. It was written, illustrated and designed by Le Corbusier. He organizes the lithographs in a nearly divine way remembering an altarpiece cross. The poems suppose the contemplation of cosmos and life through an exclusively human view. On a cosmic scale there is nothing orthogonal about the world we inhabit for right angles do not exist, yet at the human level, space is perceived as orthogonal. It focuses on verticality: the trajectory of falling bodies, men and trees standing upright. This is especially true of Le Corbusier. The right angle is the basis of his architectural thought. All his projects and executed designs testify this. Wherever he erects architectural forms in space, he charges it with a signifying value. The right angle is not only geometry; it is also symbol, charged with mystical significance. It is the image of man, erect for action and supine for sleep and death.

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