Property from the Collection of Albin Schram, Switzerland
June 4, 01:06 PM GMT
7,000 - 10,000 GBP
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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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.