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E-1027 and the Drôle De Guerre

Benton, Tim (2017). E-1027 and the Drôle De Guerre. In: Weaver, Thomas ed. AA Files, Volume 74. Architectural Association, pp. 123–143.

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Abstract

The article by Beatriz Colomina variously entitled 'War on Architecture' or 'Battle Lines' has come to be accepted as an authoritative statement of Le Corbusier's violation of Eileen Gray's house E1027. In part her article was based on a curious article written by an Egyptian painter Samir Rafi. While accepting the aesthetic violence caused by the addition of Le Corbusier's paintings in the house, I challenge the argument that they represented an attack on Eileen Gray, whom Le Corbusier barely knew. I also challenge the veracity and credibility of Rafi's article, which is supported by no evidence except some drawings which are clearly fakes.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-907896-83-X, 978-1-907896-83-5
ISSN: 0261-6823
Keywords: Le Corbusier; Beatriz Colomina; Eileen Gray; Jean Badovici; E1027
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 50197
Depositing User: Tim Benton
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 09:19
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 13:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/50197
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