POESIE SUR ALGER
Le Corbusier: POESIE SUR ALGER. Paris: Fondation Le Corbusier/ Editions Connivences, 1989. First edition thus [number 219 of a reprint edition of 1,500 copies], facsimile of first published by Editions Falaize, Paris, 1950. Text in French. Paperback in printed dust jacket. 46 numbered pages plus epilogue. 17 lithograph reproductions in blue and black. Book design and typography by Le Corbusier. Former owners signature on front free endpaper. Jacket lightly toned and etched. A very good or better copy.
4.25 x 6.75 paperback in dust jacket with 46 numbered pages and 17 lithograph reproductions in blue and black. Facsimile edition published by the Fondation Le Corbusier in a numbered limited edition of 1,500 copies.
POESIE SUR ALGER is a fine example of Le Corbusier's largely unnoticed skills as a graphic artist and book designer. His use of type and images in his books were truly revolutionary for twentieth-century design. Corbu described his approach as, "This new conception of a book, using the explicit, revelatory argument of the illustrations, [which] enables the author to avoid feeble descriptions: facts leap to the reader's eye through the power of imagery."
One of the most imaginative and influential architects of the twentieth century, Le Corbusier (1887-1965) devoted a lifetime to building and planning, from private houses and churches to apartment blocks and entire cities. Although they aroused a storm of opposition ats the time, his most famous buildings have largely determined the course of modern architecture in the past few decades. Two of them, the now legendary Villa Savoye and the pilgramage church of Ronchamp, have been declared historic monuments by the French government. They and many other works, in many countries, are shaping the architectural future. Le Corbusier's ideas, his books, his vision of the Radiant City, continues to be as much discussed today as when he first put them into circulation.
Born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier (1887-1965) adopted his famous pseudonym after publishing his ideas in the review L'Esprit Nouveau in 1920. The few buildings he was able to design during the 1920s, when he also spent much of his time painting and writing, brought him to the forefront of modern architecture, though it wasn't until after World War II that his epoch-making buildings were constructed, such as the Unite d'Habitation in Marseilles and the Church of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp.
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