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Lithograph No.3 by Le Corbusier

Lithograph No.3 by Le Corbusier

The Swiss artist Le Corbusier studied architecture under Auguste Perret in Paris and Peter Behrens in Berlin. In 1917 he settled in Paris and developed the theory of Purism, this attempted to return to simple ideas of representation developed by Cubism. In Cubism objects, landscapes and people are represented as many-sided or many faceted solids. He believed that Cubism had descended into meaningless decoration and attempted through Purism to create more significant form. This visually reductive process was also influenced by the form and motion of the new machine age.