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Photograph - Pavillon Suisse, Cité Universitaire, Paris
  • Pavillon Suisse, Cité Universitaire, Paris
    Hervé, Lucien, born 1910
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Pavillon Suisse, Cité Universitaire, Paris

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1950 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hervé, Lucien, born 1910 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Museum number:

    E.2288-1997

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 947

The Pavillon Suisse, part of the Cité Universitaire, Paris, was designed by Le Corbusier between 1930 and 1933. Strong diagonals and concentration upon details were hallmarks of a modern approach to architectural photography that blossomed in the 1930s. Architects such as Le Corbusier recognised the potential of photography not only to record but also to publicise their work. This photograph by Lucien Hervé, Le Corbusier’s favoured photographer, enhances perception of the building, emphasising its clean lines and delicate poise.

Physical description

A black and white photograph depicting a detail of a corner of a modernist building.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)

Date

1950 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Hervé, Lucien, born 1910 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Dimensions

Height: 14.1 cm image, Width: 12.9 cm image, Height: 30.1 cm sheet, Width: 22.2 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Photograph by Lucien Herve, depicting a corner of the Pavillon Suisse, Cite Universitaire, Paris [Swiss Pavilion, City University, Paris] by Le Corbusier, gelatin-silver print, 1950

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1997

Labels and date

The Pavillon Suisse, part of City University, Paris, was designed by Le Corbusier from 1930-32 and photographed here by his favoured photographer. Concentration upon details and strong diagonals was the hallmark of a modern approach to architectural photography that blossomed in the 1930s. Architects such as Le Corbusier recognised the potential of photography not simply to record but also to publicise their works. Hervé's photograph interprets and enhances the perception of the building, evoking the clean lines and delicate poise of the architect's whole approach to building. [22/09/2004]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Pavilions (building divisions)

Categories

Photographs; Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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