The main studies examining Le Corbusier's early life and influences—Paul V. Turner's La formation de Le Corbusier: Idealisme et mouvement moderne (1987) and H. Allen Brooks's Le Corbusier's Formative Years (1997)—have nothing to say about Gottfried Semper, the influential nineteenth-century German architect and architectural theorist.1 Considering the vast numbers of other people and ideas these books discuss, the omission is understandable. Le Corbusier does not specifically mention Semper in any of his published books or articles. He does, however, make oblique references to Semper in letters to family members and in travel diaries, where he writes about rejecting the neo-Renaissance, nineteenth-century architecture found in German and Austrian...
Untangling the Threads of Gottfried Semper's Legacy in Le Corbusier's Formative Years
José Miguel Mantilla is an advanced PhD candidate in the Department of Art and Architecture at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. His current research focuses on the links between Gottfried Semper's and Le Corbusier's ideas on art and architecture. firstname.lastname@example.org
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José Miguel Mantilla; Untangling the Threads of Gottfried Semper's Legacy in Le Corbusier's Formative Years. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 June 2020; 79 (2): 192–201. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2020.79.2.192
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