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Lot 533: LE CORBUSIER New York.
03 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Etching, 1946. 90x140 mm; 3 1/2x5 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed, inscribed "ep. 1" and numbered 10/20 in pencil, lower margin. Dedicated to "Serge Wolf amicalement en souvenir de mon calvaire . . . Dec. '46 New York" in pencil, extreme lower left. A superb impression of this extremely scarce, early etching.
Serge Wolff was the Assistant to Glenn E. Bennett, Executive Officer of the United Nations Headquarters Planning Office, New York. Le Corbusier was in New York during the late 1940s, hammering out the final design plan for the UN Headquarters. His scheme was eventually combined with the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer's, under some duress, which accounts for Le Corbusier's dedication to Wolff "de mon calvaire" ("from my Calvary"), for what is the UN Headquarters today.