"Panurge" portfolio by Le Corbusier, 1961-62
Artist: Le Corbusier
Medium: Portfolio of Lithographs, Signed and Numbered, 1961-62
Dimensions: 22 x 18 in, 55.9 x 45.7 cm
Arches Paper - Excellent Condition A+
Le Corbusier Serie Panurge, printed by Mourlot, Paris 1962, is an interpretation of Rabelais’ series of novels: Gargantua and Pantagruel. This stunning portfolio is comprised of a title page in colour, one text page in colour, the justification signed in pencil by the architect/designer, and five black-and-white engravings ( rhodoid-gravures ), engraved by Le Corbusier at Cap Martin, France, in the summer of 1961.
“This art folder, written in the most solid language, always under my hand, somewhere with its companion Don Quixote and Odysseus between the three continents united by the sea. This book of quintessence is incomplete human contact, spirit, body, health… This is why Panurge in those August days in 1961 was and became “marionette-like” L – C
Rhodoid-gravures is a special technique of engraving created by Le Corbusier, using a thick film of cellulose acetate. He applied black colour and etched lines to form the composition.
The lithographs and etchings are a result of the collaboration between Heidi Weber and Le Corbusier.