Erik Nitsche: Chapel of Notre Dame Du Haut
The Romanticism of modern French architecture is reflected in the designs and structures of such men as Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret). Throughout his career, Le Corbusier worked in France. He was a challenging polemiscist and the author of controversial books on architecture and city-planning. Interestingly, he was as much an abstract artist as he was a designer and constructor. The principles of his early works were best summarized in his famous tract Five Points of a New Architecture. In it, he emphasized the use of concrete as a sculptural, as well as structural, material. Later he surprised the architectural world with less didactic and more poetic works, including his now famous Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp. This pilgrimage chapel, finished in 1955, represents Le Corbusier's most wholly original and personal creation. The Chapel is designed so that every form and spatial effect is related to the architect's sense of religious dignity and purpose. Moreover, Le Corbusier's design solves the problems often besetting such chapels -- that is , the occasional attendance of large numbers of people. Indeed, Le Corbusier's influence is still visible in later French architects and their designs.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the France Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued May 12, 1987.
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