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Lucien Hervé photographs of architecture and artworks by Le Corbusier, 1949-1965

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Lucien Hervé photographs of architecture and artworks by Le Corbusier
Series II. Artwork, portraits, and notebooks (1907-circa 1960), 1949-1965, undated
Series II comprises Lucien Hervé's documentation of Le Corbusier's life and activities not necessarily linked to specific architectural projects. The series is arranged into subject files created by Hervé. They include a printed chronology of Le Corbusier's life and major architectural works, portraits of Le Corbusier and his wife Yvonne, often with professional collaborators and friends, item-by-item documentation of his artwork, hundreds of pages from Le Corbusier's personal notebooks, images of Le Corbusier's student and apprentice work, images taken at various exhibitions, and a collection "d'objets trouvés" which contains miscellaneous reference material. There is some conceptual overlap, as this series does contain images of paintings and tapestries in Chandigarh, relief work in concrete at L'Unité d'habitation à Marseille, and murals from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. This material has been left in its original order, as it must be noted that Hervé created a separate category for it, to differentiate it from the documentation of projects.
The dates listed in parentheses are the dates of the original material (artwork, exhibitions, etc.), and do not reflect the specific dates of exposure or printing for this photographic material, as these dates remain unknown.
Additional information: In the fall of 2006, Allan Tomlinson rehoused this collection and conducted a detailed inventory of its scope and contents. All negative dimensions in this series were taken directly from this legacy data, therefore the data is accurate, but not consistently expressed in standard archival nomenclature.
Arrangement
This series is arranged by subjects, including: Chronology; Artwork; Le Corbusier's notebooks; Portraits; Exhibitions; and Collections d'objet trouvé.
Box
37 Chronology (1887-1965) 17 items black-and-white negatives 6 x 5 in.
TS 1-17: Images of different sections of a printed chronology of Le Corbusier's life and work. Negatives are of various sizes, all are cut down from larger originals, and some have some portions of text masked out.
Artwork (1912-1950)
Box
37 Le Corbusier's student and apprentice work (1912-1913) 22 items black-and-white negatives 6 x 8 cm.
CF 1-22: Images of displays of drawings and other design work done by Le Corbusier as a student or apprentice. CF 1-21 is sequence of negatives originally housed in glassine envelopes numbered from FO-15A to FO-25B by Hervé. The glassine envelopes have been discarded, and the original numbers have been transcribed onto the paper tags bearing the GRI's identification numbers. Each original number is placed in square brackets after the corresponding GRI number.
Drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture (1928, circa 1950)
Images of artworks by Le Corbusier, including sketches, paintings, and sculptures. Also includes two images of furniture designed by Le Corbusier - the LC1 Sling Chair (1928) and the LC4 Chaise Lounge (1928).
Black-and-white negatives
Box
38 Dossier 13 611 items 6 x 6 cm., 4 x 5 in., 8 x 10 in.
Images of artworks by Le Corbusier, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and tapestry photographed within his studio at 24 rue Nungesser et Coli, as well as other locations. Notably includes interior views of artwork within Le Corbusier's cabanon and the restaurant L'Etoile de Mer at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and of E-1027, and views of the mural known as Sous les pilotis, Graffite à Cap Martin, or Three Women in the basement of E-1027. Also includes a few photographed copies of press articles featuring Le Corbusier's work (1954-1965). The majority of the negatives are numbered and some are accompanied by their original annotated glassine envelopes.
No letter code assigned. Hervé's original "Dossier" number for this material was Dossier 13.
Box
39 Dossier 13, continued 834 items 6 x 6 cm, 4 x 5 in., 6.5 x 9 in., 35 mm.
Images of artworks by Le Corbusier, including drawings, paintings, and some sculptures. Many depict the artworks clipped to a display board, or leaned up against a wall to be photographed. The majority of the negatives are numbered and some are accompanied by their original annotated glassine envelopes.
No letter code assigned. Hervé's original "Dossier" number for this material was Dossier 13.
Box
37 Furniture 4 items 6 x 7 cm., 6 x 6 cm.
CM 1-4: Furniture designed by Le Corbusier. Three copies of original negatives (of poor quality) depicting the metallic skeleton of the LC1 Sling Chair (1928), and one original negative of a LC4 Chaise Lounge (1928) sitting in front of a wall painted by Le Corbusier.
Box
38 Color negative 1 item 35 mm.
An image of a television screen, showing a film still depicting people in Victorian era costume dancing in a ballroom. This negative was found amongst the black-and-white negatives in Box 38, and has been left with this material.
38 Color slides 4 items 35 mm.
Images of four line drawings of female forms. Slides are unmounted.
Le Corbusier's notebooks (1907-circa 1960)
Voyage de Jeunesse (1907-1911)
Images of pages from original notebooks believed to have been produced by Le Corbusier between 1907 and 1911 during his travels through Europe as a young man.
Box
37 Black-and-white negatives 107 items 6 x 6 cm., 6 x 7 cm.
VO 1-104, 106-108: Images of sketches and writings.
37 Black-and-white transparency 1 item 6 x 7 cm.
VO 105: An image of a sketch (a study of a landscape) from one of Le Corbusier's notebooks.
37 Miscellaneous notebooks and sketchbooks (circa 1955) 320 items black-and-white negatives 6 x 6 cm., 35 mm., 4 x 5 in.
NB 1-320: Images of pages from Le Corbusier's various notebooks, includes writings and sketches. Visible dates include 1957 and 1962.
Portraits (1920-1965)
box
41 Black-and-white negatives 607 items 6 x 6 cm., 35 mm., 4 x 5 in., 7 x 10 cm.
This group of negatives consists primarily of informal portraits of Le Corbusier. It includes images taken at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France featuring Le Corbusier and Yvonne, Thomas Rebutato, Jean Badovici, and others, many taken at the restaurant L'Etoile de Mer and at E-1027. It includes images of Le Corbusier painting and sculpting, of Atelier Le Corbusier on rue de Sèvres, Paris, of Le Corbusier visiting L'Unité d'habitation à Marseille during and after construction, and six contact prints of portraits of Le Corbusier in his Boulogne-Billancourt studio apartment. It also includes images of a deceased Yvonne Gallis in her coffin (1957). The majority of the negatives are numbered and some are accompanied by original annotated glassine envelopes.
While the majority of these images (especially those 6 x 6 cm.) were taken by Hervé in the 1950s and 1960s, this file undoubtedly contains copies of images taken by other photographers. The images of Jean Badovici are original negatives, but they are believed to be pre-war and were not taken by Hervé. There are also images of Le Corbusier at Pessac, and a group portrait including Fernand Léger, both dated circa 1928, that were not taken by Hervé.
No letter code assigned. Hervé's original "Dossier" number for this material was Dossier 12.
Box
40 Color negatives 328 items 35 mm., 6 x 6 cm., 6 x 9 cm., 4 x 5 in., 13 x 12.5 cm.
Images of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Le Corbusier, as well as portraits of Le Corbusier posing with his artwork. Notably includes both sketches and completed artwork for Chandigarh, images of the exterior of Etoile de Mer at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and images of a deceased Yvonne Gallis in her coffin (1957).
No letter code assigned. Hervé's original "Dossier" number for this material was Dossier C3.
Box
37 Exhibitions undated 209 items black-and-white negatives 6 x 6 cm., 6 x 9 cm., 35 mm.
XS 1-209: Images of unidentified exhibitions of Le Corbusier's work, showing the arrangement and installation of artwork that includes paintings, sculptures, and architectural models. Also includes images of photographic prints of the exhibitions clipped to a display board.
Collections d'objets trouvés undated
box
42 Black-and-white negatives 66 items 6 x 6 cm., 35 mm., 4 x 5 in.
A collection of images that may have been used as reference, source, or planning material. Includes images of unidentified paintings, sketches, and texts, as well as architectural prespective drawings from a book, unidentified furniture, and images of the cover of Le Corbusier's Vers une Architecture, the 24th Edition. It also includes images of a crab shell, possibly the shell collected on Long Island, New York, that supposedly inspired the design of La Chapelle de Ronchamp. Many of the negatives are accompanied by their original annotated glassine envelopes.
No letter code assigned. Hervé's original "Dossier" number for this material was Dossier 15.
Box
36 Color slides 22 items 35 mm.
Exterior views of unidentified sites and buildings, and one exterior view of the Charles and Ray Eames House, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. One slide is labeled "Förderer," possibly a building by architect Walter M. Förderer.
36 Color transparency 1 item 3 x 6 cm.
Image of an architectural model of De Bijenkorf Department Store, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, by Marcel Breuer, 1957. Transparency has been cut down from a larger size.


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