Oscar Niemeyer

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Oscar Niemeyer one of the fathers of modernist architecture, is remembered through Assouline's handmade limited-edition Ultimate Collection volume. One of the most considerable influences on 20th- and 21st-century architecture, Niemeyer’s legacy is acknowledged and honored in Assouline's complete and lavish exploration of Niemeyer’s 104-year life and career.


Niemeyer rose to prominence at Le Corbusier’s side but ultimately swerved from the hard, straight lines of traditional modernism. Instead he forged a parallel track that mimics the crescendos and denouements of human feeling through swooping curves, graceful arches, and sensuous lines. Using reinforced concrete, he elevated the everyday to the sublime. Sketches and original photography, alongside contributions from Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid, make Oscar Niemeyer a testimony to the fantastic, artistic journey he led for the past century.

  • 168 pages
  • 118 illustrations
  • English language
  • Released in October 2008
  • W 15.51 x L 18.5 x D 2.71 in
  • Hand-bound limited edition in a linen clamshell case with metal plaque
  • ISBN: 9782759402939
  • 20.0 lb

Michael Kimmelman is chief art critic at The New York Times and author of The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa (Penguin, 2005) and Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre, and Elsewhere (Random House, 1998).

Photographer Matthieu Salvaing has traveled the world for the past ten years, drawing inspiration from design, fashion, and architecture. Salvaing’s exploration of Brazil and his friendship with Oscar Niemeyer have been catalysts for his work. This book took him five years to create.