In the late 1920s, his business in architecture, urban planning and furniture is prosperous and painting serves him primarily as a support to the expression of his concepts mixing geometry and poetry. He now accepts a complex juxtaposition of objects, opposed to the views of Ozenfant and close to the cubism by Gris, and perhaps compensating his own lack of binocular vision.
On November 8 in New York, Phillips sells Femme rouge et pelote verte, oil on canvas 130 x 97 cm painted in 1932, lot 21 estimated $ 4M.
The one eyed woman in an intense red has resolutely surrealist features. She does not exist by herself and her role is to occupy the living space offered by the architect. Her nakedness appeals the intimacy of an interior and the knitting accessories evoke the everyday life.
Her surrounding is a window above a wrought iron gate whose incoming shadow confirms that the scene is viewed from inside the apartment, so joining a favorite theme by Matisse.
This painting had been bought by his collaborator Heidi Weber and remained in her collection. Heidi Weber will be the promoter of the last work designed by Le Corbusier, the Maison de l'Homme in Zurich incorporating the Heidi Weber Museum-Center Le Corbusier.
SOLD for $ 4.6M including premium
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