The Poem of the Right Angle
Le Poème de l’ Angle Droit

Artist’s Name
Author’s Name
Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) (1887-1965)
Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) (1887-1965)
1955, Paris
Printed in one volume, size 42 x 32 cm.
Manuscript of Le Corbusier
22 coloured off-the-text original lithographs and many original lithographs that are in the text
Printed on ‘vélin d’ Arches’ paper:
  • 250 copies, numbered 1-250
  • 20 copies, off the market, numbered I-XX
  • 60 additional sets have been printed on ‘vélin d’ Arches’ paper, which contain 19 coloured original lithographs
Tériade had great respect for the Swiss Le Corbusier, one of the most distinguished architects of the 20th century. He was impressed by the views of Le Corbusier on art subjects as well as by his painting skills. He considered that a text, which would have reflected the philosophy of Le Corbusier and would have been accompanied by his sketches, would have been a precious contribution to the future generations. At the same time, it would have enriched the series of the books that he had already published. Le Corbusier, who was a painter, architect and author, deemed essential to recreate the titles, the format of the texts and the illustrations, in addition to writing The Poem of the Right Angle himself.

With this poem, Le Corbusier expresses his own vision for Man and his creations. He deals with his subject in relation to the laws of nature. According to him, their interpretation is the beginning for the understanding of everything. Through his poem and his perfectly coordinated lithographs, he illustrates the harmony of the universe, as he understands it; he also reconciles nature with man’s creations. The way he forms his illustrations reflects the same philosophy with that of his architectural structures. He founds his views and his sketches on mathematics and he uses a lyric tone. The result is that his works are austere, impersonal and ‘correctly’ drawn.