Le Corbusier | The artist – available engravings
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Le Corbusier’s intaglio prints

After his first prints in color in 1937/38, Le Cor­bu­si­er did not resu­me any prin­ted work, due to the Second World War, until 1946 in New York, whe­re he pre­pared a pro­ject for the main buil­ding of the new­ly foun­ded UN. Here he met Stan­ley Wil­liam Hay­ter, the foun­der of Ate­lier 17, the print­ma­king work­shop spe­cia­li­zing in intagli­os that had moved from Paris to New York. Through his cont­act with Hay­ter, LC star­ted to work in metal again, for the first time sin­ce his school-time in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Up to 1948 he pro­du­ced, during his num­e­rous visits to New York, five intaglio prints, each labe­led on the pla­te as Opus 1 to Opus 5 respec­tively. Hay­ter prin­ted a small edi­ti­on of Opus 1, “New York”, twen­ty of which LC signed and num­be­red. In Paris, up to 1953, Paul Haa­sen prin­ted edi­ti­ons of the four fur­ther pla­tes in the series, Le Cor­bu­si­er signed 100 exem­plars of each. Start­ing in 1963, Hei­di Weber brought out some fur­ther, this time lar­ger, works, most­ly in edi­ti­ons of 75 exemplars.