Femme à la Bougie VI, 1948


The XXth Century

LE CORBUSIER Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (1887-1965)


Réf. 6206



Oil on panel
Monogrammed and dated ‘L-C 48’ lower left


– 40 x 27 cm (61 x 48 cm cadre inclus)
– 15 3/4 x 10 5/8 in. (24 x 18 7/8 in. framed)


Former collection of Mr. Henri Perruchot (1917-1967), french writer, philosopher and art critic.

In 1946, Le Corbusier left war-torn France for New York City where he would spend much of the next two years. During this period, his paintings underwent a radical transformation. He developed a freer style and began to focus on the female figure–a subject that would dominate his imagery for the rest of his life. “Femme a la Bougie” is a portrait of the artist’s beloved wife, Yvonne, holding a candle. Here her abstracted figure glows brightly with the allure of a star and reveals the most reverent and intimate sides of Le Corbusier’s temperament. The painting’s bold contrasts of complementary colors depart from the pastel hues of his earlier Purist aesthetic in favor of a more arresting pictorial light. “Femme a la Bougie “ is part of a series of seven portraits of Yvonne.
– Jean-Pierre Jornod, “Le Corbusier, catalogue raisonné of the painted works”, Skira, 2006, Paris, n°361. Reproduced page 827, Tome 2.
– Inscribed in the inventory of the Fondation Le Corbusier under N°424.

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