Le Corbusier | The artist – available Rhodoid-prints
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Le Corbusier’s Rhodoids

The so-cal­led Rho­do­ids are litho­graphs that have been prin­ted from ori­gi­nal works that LC pro­du­ced using a spe­cial pro­cess which he hims­elf deve­lo­ped: he cover­ed the foil with black paint, into which he etched the motif and in this way crea­ted a nega­ti­ve; the play of light and shadow, and the respec­ti­ve rever­se, was some­thing which had unen­ding fasci­na­ti­on for him as an architect.

A fur­ther argu­ment for this pro­cess was to find some­thing modern, which – simi­lar to pho­to­gra­phy – would not lea­ve any lee­way for the lithographer’s own inter­pre­ta­ti­on or even fal­si­fi­ca­ti­on in trans­fer­ring LC’s com­po­si­ti­ons onto stone. At the same time, it had to be simp­le enough that LC could use it in his Spar­tan vaca­ti­on home below Roq­ue­bru­ne – whe­re he crea­ted the works for the port­fo­li­os “Panur­ge” and “Peti­te ‹Con­fi­den­ces›” – and still feel free in his artis­tic expression.