Although Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, known by the pseudonym Le Corbusier, was best known as an architect and urban planner, his structural philosophy heavily impacted his artistic style. A pioneer of modern architecture, Le Corbusier wanted to keep his floor plans open and his façades free of artifice. He removed traditional interior walls and anything solely decorative in an attempt to make society's standard of living more universal and efficient.
Similarly, his works of art helped develop the Purism movement as a first step in the "return to order" after WWI. Le Corbusier rejected the complexity of Cubist abstractions as "romantic", and instead depicted everyday objects in simple geometric shapes, stripped of detail. He approached the human figure with the same emphasis on mathematical proportions and systems of harmony as he used in his architectural designs.
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