“FORMS WHICH CREEP, SCOUR THE OCEANS, OR PERFORATE THE CLOUDS…”: FIRST EDITIONS OF THE COMPLETE RUN OF FORMES ET VIE, WITH WORKS BY LE CORBUSIER AND LÉGER
LE CORBUSIER. (JEANNERET-GRIS, Charles-Édouard). LÉGER, Fernand, et al. Formes et Vie. Paris: Les Editions Falaize, (1951). Two volumes. Folio, 9-1/2 by 12-1/2 inches, original illustrated self-wrappers, Volume I spiral bound, Volume II staple-bound, as issued; pp. 34; pp. 38. $1100.
First editions of the complete two-issue run of this important arts journal, featuring the works of Le Corbusier and Fernand Léger, as well as other noted artists of the day, richly illustrated.
This planned tri-yearly journal was designed to “define the aspects of form and its static or dynamic development with the collaboration of architects, plastics artists, designers, engineers, biologists aestheticians, and psychiatrists.” The cover was designed by Le Corbusier, and featured numerous photographs of his buildings, sculptures, and paintings, as well as an essay by him. Essays and works by Léger are also featured. “The most powerful and eloquent architect of the 20th century, Le Corbusier wielded an even greater influence through his forceful theories than through his executed designs. He is unusual among architects in that his detailed theory preceded his practice” (Kruft, 396). Léger, like Le Corbusier, used many different media to express his art. Though chiefly known as a cubist painter, he also worked in stained glass, film, tapestry, and ceramics, and was one of the most influential French artists of the 20th century. Text in French and English. Volume II without rare original glassine advertising band.
Fine condition. Rare.