whitewash

le corbusier’s journey to the eastern med led him to discover that simplicity also carries cultural values:

“whitewash exists wherever people  have preserved intact the balanced structure of a harmonious culture. once an extraneous element opposed to the harmony of the system has been introduced, whitewash disappears. hence the collapse of regional arts-the death of folk culture.”

the choice of color and whitewash not only echoes vernacular and classical traditions anchored in the past and in the nature, but also finds parallels in contemporary designs of german expressionists such as bruno taut who used color to express drama and creativity. on the other hand, the use of primary colors by de stijl architects such as theo van doesburg and gerrit rietveld is altogether different because it seeks to heighten abstraction by using colors not necessarily found in nature. when he used deep red stucco on the walls of his villa in capri, curzio malaparte likely intended to forge a direct with the not-too-distant ruins of pompei and the multi-colored houses of the island of procida. this was a far cry from the abstraction in pure red, blue and yellow of the rietveld-schroeder house in utrecht. in sum, for mediterranean modernists who espoused rationalism, tradition tempered the machine with poetry and lyricisim…..source : about color.. from lejeune and sabatino book: 

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