Le Corbusier’s Secret Laboratory

From Painting to Architecture


Architect, artist, and designer of books


ISBN: 9783775735681 Categories: ,

Jean-Louis Cohen, Staffan Ahrenberg, Daniel Birnbaum, Catherine Dumont d'Ayot, Genevieve Hendricks, Johan Linton, Pascal Mory, Danièle Pauly, Bruno Reichlin


Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965), influenced the design, function, and construction of office and residential buildings as well as twentieth-century art and design. However, there has not yet been an extensive, precise examination of his role as an artist. For more than five decades, Le Corbusier oscillated between contradictory poles: his dedication to mechanical objects on the one hand, and his search for poetic form on the other. The mutual inspiration stemming from aesthetic versus creative took place in his “secret laboratory,” the artist’s studio. This is the first publication to consolidate all of the facets of his oeuvre, and it arrives at new approaches toward understanding his paintings, drawings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, architectural sketches and plans, as well as his books and photographs. The book’s five chapters cover a wide spectrum, ranging from the purist paintings and early villas to Le Corbusier’s reinterpretation of values and his late works. Exhibition schedule: Moderna Museet, Stockholm, January 19-April 18, 2013

Additional information

Weight 1143 g
Dimensions 17 x 24.2 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 24 June 2013
Number of pages 324
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Staffan Ahrenberg, Daniel Birnbaum, Jean-Louis Cohen, Catherine Dumont d'Ayot, Genevieve Hendricks, Johan Linton, Pascal Mory, Danièle Pauly, and Bruno Reichlin
Dimensions 17 x 24.2 cm
Weight 1143 g


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