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Le Corbusier's Hands

Le Corbusier's Hands

André Wogenscky

96 pages, parution le 10/04/2006


Le Corbusier's Hands offers a poetic and personal portrait of Le Corbusier--a nuanced portrayal that is in contrast to the popular image of Le Corbusier the aloof modernist. The author knew Le Corbusier intimately for thirty years, first as his draftsman and main assistant, later as his colleague and personal friend. In this book, written in the mid-1980s, Wogenscky remembers his mentor in a series of revealing personal statements and evocative reflections unlike anything that exists in the vast literature on Le Corbusier.

Wogenscky draws a portrait in swift, deft strokes--50 short chapters, one leading to the next, one memory of Le Corbusier opening into another. Appearing and reappearing like a leitmotif are Le Corbusier's hands--touching, taking, drawing, offering, closing, opening, grasping, releasing: "It was his hands that revealed him. . . . They spoke all his feelings, all the vibrations of his inner life that his face tried to conceal." Wogenscky writes about Le Corbusier's work, including the famous design of the chapel at Ronchamp, his ideas for high-density Unités d'Habitation linked to the center of a "Radiant City," and his "Modulor" system for defining proportions--which Wogenscky compares to a piano tuner's finding the exact relation between sounds. He remembers the day Picasso spent with Le Corbusier at the Marseilles building site--"All day long they outdid one another in a show of modesty," he observes in amazement. He adds, speaking for himself and the others present, "We were inside a double energy field." And Wogenscky writes about Le Corbusier more personally. "I have spent years trying to understand what went on in his mind and in his hand," he tells us. With Le Corbusier's Hands, Wogenscky gives us a unique record of an enigmatic genius.

L'auteur - André Wogenscky

André Wogenscky (1916-2004) fut le disciple, l'ami et l'associé de Le Corbusier pendant trente ans. Il lui rend ici hommage à travers une cinquantaine de courts textes poétiques et personnels, dont le thème des mains constitue une sorte de fil conducteur.


  • Height
  • His Hand
  • His Step
  • His Personality
  • His Hands
  • Touching
  • Taking
  • Body
  • Effort
  • Bitterness
  • Meanders
  • The Sea
  • Frankness
  • Building Oneself
  • Open Hand
  • Picasso
  • Candidness
  • Alone and In Silence
  • Joy
  • Intuitive and Calm
  • Work
  • The Drawing Hand
  • Envelope
  • House and Sun
  • Unity
  • Radiant City
  • The Other Architect
  • History
  • Universal
  • Functionalism
  • Machine
  • Utopia
  • Progress
  • Space
  • Form
  • Beautiful
  • Void
  • Skin
  • A Gift
  • Nungesser and Coli
  • His Mother
  • Light
  • Modulor
  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Becoming
  • Continuum
  • Aesthetic State, Poetic State
  • Ineffable Space
  • Right Angle
  • About the Author
  • Notes
  • Captions
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Caractéristiques techniques

Éditeur(s) The MIT Press
Auteur(s) André Wogenscky
Parution 10/04/2006
Nb. de pages 96
Format 14,5 x 21
Couverture Relié
Poids 255g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9780262232449
ISBN13 978-0-262-23244-9

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