LE CORBUSIER | PAYSAGE
1887 - 1965
watercolour and pencil on paper
signed with the artist's monogram ChEJt, dated janvier 1910 and inscribed Cornu (upper right); signed Ch E Jeanneret, dedicated to William Ritter and inscribed extensively on the verso
Unframed: 22 by 24.2cm., 8 5/8 by 9 1/2 in.
Executed in 1910.
This work is sold unframed
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Eric Mouchet.
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Executed on cream wove paper, not laid down, hinged to the mount with two tabs on the verso of the left edge. The left and upper edge are irregular. There are two linear folds spanning the length of the composition along the upper edge, with associated light linear medium loss. There are several pinholes to the lower right corner, one to the upper right corner and another few to the upper edge. There two small tears (each approx. 0.5cm. in length), one to the right extreme edge and one to the upper extreme edge. There is light surface rubbing and there are occasional creases throughout, as well as associated light paint loss to the darker green in the landscape. The colours are vibrant. This work is in overall good condition.
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William Ritter, Munich (a gift from the artist in 1914)
Josef Ritter (by descent from the above by 1960)
Collection Albin Schram, Switzerland
Thence by descent to the present owners
This exceptional watercolour and pencil drawing depicts Mont-Cornu, not far from Le Chaux-de-Fonds. The verso bears a letter written by Le Corbusier to his close friend William Ritter in 1914. Ritter, a Swiss novelist and critic, was something of a father figure to Le Corbusier during the years of 1910 to 1916 when they both lived in Munich. Ritter contributed extensively to the contemporary debate over what constituted Swiss identity and the sometimes conflicting claims of geographical location and race. Ritter's thoughts on culture and his particular belief in the primacy of location had a profound influence on the young architect.