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Image of Le Corbusier

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Le Corbusier


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0040

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Le Corbusier (1887–1965) Le Corbusier was the pseudonym of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, an influential Swiss architect and urban planner. Time magazine said, “Irascible, caustic, Calvinistic, Corbu was modern architecture’s conscience.” Throughout his long and productive life Le Corbusier was a respected theorist and practitioner who was also known for his abstract paintings. When Karsh photographed Corbu in his home, he found the architect, artist, and author cooperative, but quiet. Karsh seated him before one of his paintings and Corbu perched his distinctive, bold, black, round-rimmed eye-glasses on his forehead as was his habit.

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