(b La Chaux-de-Fonds, 6 Oct. 1887; d Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, 27 Aug. 1965). Swiss-born architect, painter, designer, and writer who became a French citizen in 1930. Although chiefly celebrated as one of the greatest and most influential architects of the 20th century, Le Corbusier also has a niche in the history of modern painting as one of the founders of Purism. Up to 1929 he painted only still life, but from that time he occasionally introduced the human figure into his compositions.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)