(b St-Quentin, 15 Apr. 1886; d Cannes, 4 May 1966). French painter, writer, and teacher. In 1918 he met Le Corbusier, with whom he founded Purism, but he is more important as a writer and teacher than as a painter. He lived in London, 1935–9, then in New York, 1939–55, founding art schools in both cities. After returning to France he settled in Cannes, where he directed a studio for foreign art students.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)