Voyage Le Corbusier

Drawing on the Road

Jacob Brillhart (Author), Le Corbusier (Drawings by)

With a Foreword by Jean-Louis Cohen

Overview | Contents

Following the master architect’s drawing campaign as a young man.

Voyage Le Corbusier collects for the first time a compendium of sketchbook drawings and watercolors of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret—a young student who would go onto become the singularly influential modernist architect Le Corbusier. Between 1907 and 1911, Jeanneret traveled throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, carrying an array of drawing supplies and documenting all that he saw: classical ruins, details of interiors, vibrant landscapes, and the people and objects that populated them. Jacob Brillhart excavates the "visual thinking" of the twentieth century's pioneer architect, reproducing a selection of 175 drawings from these early sketchbooks.

For Brillhart, the images themselves are the best argument for the importance of seeing and "drawing in order to see" —not only because they show the roots of Le Corbusier's later practice but also for their relevance to the study of design today, which tends to jettison drawing instruction in favor of computer-based modeling software. Brillhart traces Jeanneret's steps, revisiting architectural history while providing a physical and intellectual road map for students, travelers, and lovers of art and architecture.

Featuring dozens of never-before-published drawings and others reproduced here for the first time in full color or available only in disparate sources, Voyage Le Corbusier is at once a critical introduction to Jeanneret's budding practice and a richly detailed visual travelogue. Brillhart ably guides us through Jeanneret's itinerary and, at the same time, the development of his compositional abilities, the sharpening of his eye, and the widening of his incomparable artistic sensibility.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • February 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73356-3
  • 7.6 × 9.6 in / 192 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“As pretty as the book is, and as much as it is about [Le Corbusier's] observational and artistic skills, it also conveys Brillhart’s belief that drawing is an important way of knowing and a sadly vanishing skill…. Flipping through the book, you can imagine the hundreds of hours [Le Corbusier] spent soaking in not only the lines, but also the culture and history of Europe and Turkey.” — Wallpaper*

“[B]elongs in any collection serious about architecture . . . . [A] highly recommended and rare examination of Le Corbusier’s focus and productions. . . . [A]ny college-level architecture student will find this a treasure trove.” — Midwest Book Review

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