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Ozenfant, Amédée

Ozenfant, Amédée (1886–1966). French co-founder, with Le Corbusier, of Purism and L'Esprit Nouveau (1920–5), the first periodical dedicated to the C20 Modernist aesthetic in ‘all its manifestations’. He contributed to articles with Le Corbusier (on whom he was a formative influence), published in Vers une Architecture (1923). Probably his most influential work was Foundations of Modern Art, first published in English in 1931.

Bibliography

Golding (1973);
Ozenfant (1968);
Ozenfant and Jeanneret-Gris (1975);
Jane Turner (1996)

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Ozenfant, Amédée

Amédée Ozenfant (ämādā´ ōzäNfäN´), 1886–1966, French art theorist and painter. He criticized the cubists after 1912 for creating a merely decorative art form. Ozenfant advocated a disciplined geometry known as purism. With Le Corbusier he wrote Après le cubisme (1918) and La peinture moderne (1927). His painting The Vases is in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Ozenfant's book Foundations of Modern Art (1931) is well-known.

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