Le Corbusier: Important Works from the Heidi Weber Museum Collection will form a centrepiece of the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, the first auction in 20th-Century at Christie’s, a series of sales that take place in London between 28 February and 10 March 2017.

Heidi Weber first met Le Corbusier in the summer of 1958 at Cap Martin in Southern France. This auspicious meeting marked the beginning of a close, collaborative and enormously productive partnership between the pair. Weber embarked on a number of collaborative projects; from the incredibly successful industrial and commercial adaptation of his furniture designs, to publishing his graphic works, to nurturing and developing the market for Le Corbusier’s art, and finally to personally funding and constructing his last building – the Heidi Weber Museum Centre Le Corbusier in Zurich, Switzerland. Three oil paintings tracing Le Corbusier’s career from the 1920s to the 1940s will be offered alongside four works on paper from this significant Museum Collection.

Created in 1926, Accordéon, carafe et cafetière shows the growing complexity of Le Corbusier’s pictorial vocabulary as he reached the heights of his mature Purist style.

Le Corbusier, Accordéon, carafe et cafetière
signed and dated ‘Jeanneret 26.’ (lower right); signed, dated and inscribed ‘Le Corbusier Accordéon, Carafe et Cafetière 1926’ (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
130.2 x 88.9 cm.
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Produced during a period of intensive experimentation in his painting, Femme grise, homme rouge et os devant une porte highlights the emergence of several integral motifs within the artist’s oeuvre. From the voluptuous curves of the nude female body, to the symbolic open hand at its centre, the composition features a series of themes that would prove essential to Le Corbusier’s painterly activities throughout the rest of his career.

Le Corbusier, Femme grise, homme rouge et os devant une porte
signed and dated ‘Le Corbusier 31’ (lower centre)
oil on canvas
146 x 114 cm.
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Painted over a number of years, 1927, 1938, and completed in 1944, Nature morte et figure is a monumental work that incorporates many of the themes and motifs that had dominated Le Corbusier’s art. A kaleidoscopic array of bold colours and forms, this painting can be seen as a summation of Le Corbusier’s work as a painter and architect.

Le Corbusier, Nature morte et figure
signed and dated ‘Le Corbusier 27-38-44’ (lower right); signed and dated again ‘Le Corbusier 27-38-44’ (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
113.8 x 145.5 cm.
© Christie’s Images Limited 2016