From acclaimed biographer and cultural historian, author of Balthus and Patron Saints—the first full-scale life of Le Corbusier, one of the most influential, admired, and maligned architects of the twentieth century, heralded as a prophet in his lifetime, revered as a god after his death.
He was a leader of the modernist movement that sought to create better living conditions and a better society through housing concepts. He predicted the city of the future with its large, white apartment buildings in park like settings—a move away from the turn-of-the-century industrial city.
In this first biography of the man, Nicholas Fox Weber writes about Le Corbusier the precise, mathematical, practical-minded artist whose idealism—vibrant, poetic, imaginative; discipline; and sensualism were reflected in his iconic designs and pioneering theories of architecture and urban planning. A brilliant revelation of this single-minded, elusive genius, of his extraordinary achievements and the age in which he lived.
REVIEWS ON LE CORBUSIER, A LIFE
“Weber’s book delivers a complex understanding of the personality that produced some of modern architecture’s greatest masterpieces. The life and the work, the man and the myth – a dichotomy Le Corbusier himself perpetuated – are reconciled, to our fascination. ”
—Holly Brubach, The New York Times Style Magazine
“The deeply felt tribute to Le Corbusier’s work is enriched by Weber’s engrossing, entertaining portrait of his complex personality. ”
“Both megalomaniacal and brilliant,
Le Corbusier emerges from Weber’s mesmerizing pages in all his complexity.”
“The first major biography and the last word on the visionary architect.”
“A biography that will endure ”
—Le Monde, Front Page
“Fox Weber constructs this saga in an enticing way.”
—Le Monde des Livres
“Nicholas Fox Weber’s book reveals the multiple facets of the man, his relationships with his parents, his difficulties with women except for Josephine Baker … everything necessary to understand what turned the Swiss country boy into a genius.”
—Le Monde des Livres
“A superb biography of the architect … capturing with brio the architect’s secrets thanks to a patient perusing of his correspondence, Weber provides a portrait that has nothing to do with the usual ideas of a great architect.”
“A useful addition to scholarship and a page-turner.”