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CHARLES-EDOUARD JEANNERET dit LE CORBUSIER... - Lot 254 - Osenat
CHARLES-EDOUARD JEANNERET dit LE CORBUSIER (FRA/ 1887-1965) Ozon (Etude pour Ozon, Opus I) Gouache on paper, in its original frame designed by Joseph Savina Signed with initials and dated 'L-C 40-45' (lower left) 73 x 54.5 cm. (unframed) / 81.2 x 62.4 cm. (with frame) Executed around 1940-45, this work is preparatory to the eponymous sculpture in polychrome wood made in 1947. PROVENANCE: -Joseph Savina, Tréguier (gift of the artist). Then by descent to the current owner. EXHIBITION: Piacé, Espace Piacé-Le-Radieux, Bézard-Le Corbusier, Joseph Savina / Le Corbusier, June-August 2015. BIBLIOGRAPHY: - P. Aumasson, Joseph Savina, l'art et le métier, cat. exp. Musée de Saint-Brieuc, November 1988-January 1989, p. 37 (work mentioned: "It was from a gouache that [Le Corbusier] made [in Ozon] and sent to Tréguier in gratitude for the supplies that Savina provided him, that the latter imagined a sculpture"). - R. Aujame and F. de Franclieu, Fondation Le Corbusier, Le Corbusier / Savina, dessins et sculptures, Editions Philippe Sers, Paris, 1984, p. 89, no. 4 (work mentioned: "Sculpture executed after a gouache (72 x 55 cm.) that Le Corbusier had offered to Savina"). RELATED WORKS: - R. Aujame, P. Aumasson, P. Dieudonné, D. Le Couedic, J.-C Vigato and A. Wogenscky, Le Corbusier et la Bretagne, Editions Nouvelles du Finitère, Quimper, 1996, p. 63 (the sculpted version Ozon no.1, illustrated). - P. Aumasson, Joseph Savina, l'art et le métier, cat. exp. Musée de Saint-Brieuc, November 1988-January 1989, pp. 37 and 45 (studies for Ozon opus 1 of 1947 and Ozon opus III, illustrated). - R. Aujame and F. de Franclieu, Fondation Le Corbusier, Le Corbusier / Savina, dessins et sculptures, Editions Philippe Sers, Paris, 1984, pp. 29-30 (two other illustrated preparatory drawings) and pp. 89 and 93, nos. 4, 26 and 27 (the sculpted versions, no. I, illustrated p. 31, no. II [p. 93, no. 26, erroneously illustrated no. 24, p. 25], no. III, illustrated p. 28). NOTICE: This drawing, one of the most important of the 'Ozon' series, is the origin of the collaboration between Savina and Le Corbusier. The title 'Ozon' comes from the place in the Pyrenees where Le Corbusier stayed during the Second World War. "In 1947, [Savina and Le Corbusier] were sufficiently connected and aware of their path to take advantage of the painting of volumes: receiving a photo of an imperfect research of an 'Ozon' that Savina undertook to paint, Le Corbusier recognizes that 'the polychromy seems to have changed the case'. ...] Is this not also what he meant when he recalled the origin of his intentions in sculpture: 'In the autumn of 1940 I found myself painting on sheets of machine paper, classifying forms, making them search for a real space. I found myself thinking sculpture, polychrome sculpture. I only realized this later'" (quoted in Joseph Savina, l'art et le métier, cat. exp. Musée de Saint-Brieuc, November 1988-January 1989, p. 36).
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