Raoul Albert La Roche
|Raoul Albert La Roche|
Basel, Switzerland23 February 1889
|Died||15 June 1965 (aged 76)|
|Residence||France / Switzerland|
|Occupation||Art collector and donor|
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
Raoul Albert La Roche was born on 23 February 1889, and grew up in Basel, Switzerland in a bourgeois family, very closely linked to the world of art. He was the second son of the banker Louis La Roche and Emilie Caroline Burckhardt. He studied at the School of Trading in Neuchâtel (Switzerland), and became an apprentice in the Bank of Basel, and worked in Berlin and London.
Career[edit | edit source]
In 1912, at the age of 23, La Roche moved to Paris to work for the Banque Suisse et Française (BSF), which became in 1917 the Crédit Commercial de France. He made his career there, retiring in 1954.
Links with the artistic world[edit | edit source]
In 1922, on the occasion of a trip to Venice and Vicenza (Italy) with Le Corbusier, La Roche planned to have a villa built by his friend. This project became the "Villa della Rocca" in Paris, at the "Square du Docteur-Blanche". The villa was built in joint ownership with Le Corbusier's brother, the violinist Albert Jeanneret, and housed his collections of paintings, including works by Picasso, Braque, Fernand Léger. La Roche donated this villa to Le Corbusier for his foundation.
Death[edit | edit source]
La Roche died on 15 June 1965 in Basel. He bequeathed one-third of his collection to the musée du Louvre, another third to his hometown (Basel), which can be seen in the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the last third to the Fondation Le Corbusier.
References[edit | edit source]
- Jean Jenger, Le Corbusier : Choix de lettres, ed. Springer, 2002 ISBN 3764364556
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2019.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Speiser, Philipp (2009). "Raoul La Roche, Art collector and Builder of the villa "La Rocca"". Architectura - Zeitschrift fur Geschichte der Baukunst. (39): 171–184.
- "Fondation Le Corbusier : Villa Della Rocca" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
- Christopher Green, Picasso: Architecture and Vertigo, page 21, ed. Yale University Press, 2006 ISBN 030010412X,
- Michèle Richet, Nadine Pouillon, ill. Georges Braque, pages 30, 37, 55, Georges Braque: Orangerie des Tuileries, 16 octobre 1973 - 14 janvier 1974, ed. des Musées Nationaux, 1973
- Georges Bauquier, Fernand Léger: 1925-1928, vol. 3 de Fernand Léger: catalogue raisonné, pp. 100–230, ed. A. Maeght, 1993
- "Testament sur le site de la Fondation Le Corbusier". Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- Jacques Sbriglio, Le Corbusier: les villas la Roche-Jeanneret, éd. Fondation Le Corbusier, 1997, ISBN 376435433X
- La Revue des arts, vol. 3 à 4, pages 250–251, éd. Conseil des musées nationaux, 1953
- Pierre Courthion, D'une palette à l'autre: mémoires d'un critique d'art, éd. Baconnière Arts, 2004, ISBN 2915306036
- (in English) Andrew Ayers, The Architecture of Paris: An Architectural Guide, pages 245–247, Édition Axel Menges, 2004, ISBN 393069896X
- (in English) Christopher Green, Art in France, 1900-1940, pages 57–58, ed. Yale University Press, 2003, ISBN 0300099088
- La Roche, Raoul in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow, p. 30 
- K. Schmidt, H. Fischer, éd., Ein Haus für den Kubismus: die Sammlung Raoul La Roche, p. 9  cat. expo. Bâle, 1998
[edit | edit source]
- Schmidt, H. Katharina (2007) La Roche, Raoul. In Historiches Lexicon der Schweiz. (in German).
- Metropolitan Museum
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