Le Corbusier's watercolours reveal architect's earthier side

'My women are bestially lascivious, prurient, in heat,' the architect wrote. And with good reason.
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Drawing by Le Corbusier showing him with Josephine Baker sketched on an invitation December 1929

1 / 7 Drawing by Le Corbusier showing him with Josephine Baker sketched on an invitation December 1929

Le Corbusier met musician Josephine Baker aboard a cruise ship while returning from South America

2 / 7 Le Corbusier met musician Josephine Baker aboard a cruise ship while returning from South America

Watercolour drawing, 1917, based on Charles-Édouard Jeanneret’s visits to Parisian brothels

3 / 7 Watercolour drawing, 1917, based on Charles-Édouard Jeanneret’s visits to Parisian brothels

Watercolour drawing, 1917, based on Charles-Édouard Jeanneret’s visits to Parisian brothels

4 / 7 Watercolour drawing, 1917, based on Charles-Édouard Jeanneret’s visits to Parisian brothels

Watercolour drawing, 1917, based on Charles-Édouard Jeanneret’s visits to Parisian brothels

5 / 7 Watercolour drawing, 1917, based on Charles-Édouard Jeanneret’s visits to Parisian brothels

Watercolour drawing, 1917, based on Charles-Édouard Jeanneret’s visits to Parisian brothels

6 / 7 Watercolour drawing, 1917, based on Charles-Édouard Jeanneret’s visits to Parisian brothels

Watercolour drawing, 1917, based on Charles-Édouard Jeanneret’s visits to Parisian brothels

7 / 7 Watercolour drawing, 1917, based on Charles-Édouard Jeanneret’s visits to Parisian brothels


Le Corbusier wanted to be regarded as an artist, and was forever sketching and painting - especially on his holidays - as this photo of him naked painting a mural at Eileen Gray’s house reveals. 

Many of his watercolours were semi erotic in tone. “I paint filth,” the architect wrote. “My women are bestially lascivious, prurient, in heat. My entire imagination is at work."

Here’s a gallery of images of his sketches and watercolours from our newly published Le Corbusier Le Grand.  We think you’ll agree they show a less concrete, altogether earthier, side of the master architect. (And, highlight the fact that he was a damn fine artist too). Check out Le Corbusier Le Grand to get up to speed on every aspect of Le Corbusier's genius.




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