Le Corbusier’s Formative Years

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret at La Chaux-de-Fonds

H. Allen Brooks

Le Corbusier’s Formative Years

H. Allen Brooks

588 pages | 12 color plates, 432 halftones | 8-1/2 x 9-1/2 | © 1997
Paper $63.00 ISBN: 9780226075822 Published May 1999
In Le Corbusier’s Formative Years we learn what made Le Corbusier the person, and the designer that he was. Using twenty years of research, H. Allen Brooks has unearthed an incredible wealth of documents that show every facet of the formative years of this influential architect.

"There is much in this fine volume for anyone interested not just in architecture, but in the roots of human creativity and in the origins of the most powerful artistic current of our century. . . . This book is a life’s work of scholarship. It has been well spent."—Toronto Globe and Mail

Color Plates
I. La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1887-1907
1. Childhood and Early Schooling, 1887-1907
2. L’Ecole d’Art and Earliest Designs, 1902-1907
II. Travels and Apprenticeships, 1907-1911
3. Travels in Northern Italy, 1907
4. Vienna and Two Villa Designs, Winter 1907-1908
5. Paris: Auguste Perret and the Search for an Ideal, 1908-1909
6. Swiss Interlude: Jeanneret’s Sojourn at Home
7. Germany and Jeanneret’s Awakening: Peter Behrens and the Deutscher Werkbund, 1910-1911
8. Voyage d’Orient, 1911
III. Early Professional Career, 1912-1916
9. The Villas Jeanneret-Perret and Favre-Jacot and Jeanneret’s Role as Teacher, 1912-1914
10. Dom-ino, La Scala, the Villa Schwob, and Furniture Design, 1914-1916
IV. Postscript
The Transitional Years: Jeanneret’s Move to Paris, 1917-1920
Jeanneret’s Publications, 1910-1919

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