Le Corbusier’s relationship with Mourlot started as early as the mid thirties. The artist was always interested in editions of all sorts, whether furniture, tablewear or lithographic. It all related to a new modern way of life and intrinsic to his architecture. In fact, the famous Modulor is THE iconic and central image in Le Corbusier’s work as it is the mathematical and proportional basis for his architectural work.
As in many other cases, the Master’s philosophy was very democratic and he felt that while a few proofs should be signed, the others should be signed directly in the plate so that it could be affordable to as many people as possible. He wanted not only collectors, but regular home owners to have access to an artwork of quality but reasonably priced, just as he wanted them to afford his furniture designs. It was all about Modernity ushering a brave new world.
This rare Le Corbusier lithograph depicts the Modulor Man, a figure with an important role in the artist’s architectural work. Following in the footsteps of Pythagoras and Da Vinci he devised the anthropometric scale we see here. Choosing a male figure, arm raised, as the standard of measurement – representing the ‘every man’. Signed in the stone with a intriguing annotation by the artist, ‘Friend of Modular, search by yourself, invent, discover… Bring your inventions, they will be useful. Thank you friend, Le Corbusier.’
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Certificate of Provenance: Each individual work of art carefully curated by Mourlot Editions comes with a Certificate of Provenance, signed, dated, stamped, and numbered by Eric Mourlot. Stored in a clear protective sleeve accompanying your piece, this certificate guarantees the origin and authenticity of your personal lithograph.