Paris: Les Éditions G. Crès et Cie, 1927. 9th edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 3/4 x 6"). , v, , 172, pp. Contemporary 3/4 burgundy morocco over burgundy cloth, with gold lettering and tooling to spine. Raised bands. Decorative endpapers. Original photo-illustrated wrappers bound in.
Handsome volume of this monograph on modern painting, especially the Purism movement which was founded by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (later known as Le Corbusier) and Amédée Ozenfant.
Purism (a variation of the Cubist movement) was developped between 1918 and 1925 in a series of articles published in the review «L’Esprit Nouveau». Those texts were summed up in "La Peinture Moderne" (Paris, 1925), which the two authors edited together, and which was acclaimed by the international artistic community.
The book is divided into nine parts: I. - Destination de la peinture (Destination of painting) II. - Nature et création (Nature and creation) III. - Formation de l'optique moderne (Formation of modern optics) IV. - Recherches (Researches) V. - Le cubisme (première époque) (Cubism: First epoch) VI. - Le cubisme (deuxième époque) (Cubism: Second epoch) VII - Vers le cristal (Towards the crystal) VIII. - Idées personnelles : l'angle droit (Personal Ideas: The Right Angle) IX. - Idées personnelles : le purisme (Personal Ideas: Purism).
This work is lavishly illustrated throughout with numerous in-text and full-page photographic reproductions of works by Picasso, Braque, Archipenko, Lipchitz, Juan Gris, Jeanneret, Ozenfant, Gleizes, Fernand Léger, Laurens, Marcoussis, and many others.
Minor and sporadic rubbing along edges of binding. Sporadic annotations in pencil throughout (easily erasable). Text in French. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #42881
About the authors: Amédée Ozenfant (1886-1966) was a French cubist painter and writer. Together with Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (later known as Le Corbusier) he founded the Purist movement.