The Restoration of the Paintings of Le Corbusier in the Villa E-1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Alpes Maritimes


  • Marie-Odile Hubert




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The restoration of the paintings of Le Corbusier in the Villa E-1027 was preceded by an important study phase including systematic sampling of the paintings. One purpose of the study was to determine the presence of the original paintings under the global over-paint made by a local craftsman in the seventies. Four of the eight paintings have been rediscovered, in a much better condition than expected. These paintings are a fragile testimony of the particular use of “Ripolin” by Le Corbusier, in the context of its use by others famous artists as Picasso or Picabia in the same period.

How to Cite

Hubert, M.-O. (2015). The Restoration of the Paintings of Le Corbusier in the Villa E-1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Alpes Maritimes. Docomomo Journal, (53), 48–55.




Author Biography

Marie-Odile Hubert

(1977, France). Conservation of modern and contemporary art for institutions, museums and historic monuments (Musée National d’Art Moderne, Château de Versailles, Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, Fondation Le Corbusier, Fondation Dubuffet…). Degree from Inp-Département des Restaurateurs du Patrimoine. Dedicated to the study and the restoration of Le Corbusier’s paintings: restoration of the mural at 35 Rue de Sèvres (2005); preliminary study for the restoration of Le Corbusier’s painting in the Villa E-1027 (2007); emergency action on the painting outside the Étoile de Mer (2009); study of polychromes in the Cabanon, the studio and the Unités de Camping and the paintings in the Cabanon and the Étoile de Mer (2009); conservation and restoration of the Villa E-1027 paintings (2010–2011). In 2003, was graduated with first class honours as Painting Conservator, Institut National du Patrimoine-Département des Restaurateurs du Patrimoine, Paris. In 2013 received a Fellowship with Centre National des Arts Plastiques, for the Study on Enamel Paints from the first Half of the 20th Century in French Heritage .