Internationally acknowledged as the father of modernist architecture, Le Corbusier originally trained in Fine Art. He continued to paint and draw throughout his career in conjunction to his theoretical and architectural practice, in a modernist spirit of the synthesis of the arts. Produced in 1964, a year prior to his death, the lithograph No. 8 presents abstracted figurative elements, including: a face viewed in profile at the top, a foot to the lower left, a torso and belly button in the centre and a limb that could be interpreted as multiple arms or a four-fingered hand, on the right. Showing elements of Cubism, it is foremost representative of Le Corbusier’s later works that were heavily influenced by the technique of collage. This saw him place coloured masses onto the page, superimposed by drawn lines, without ever completing these forms nor entirely covering the surface.
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