An Expanded Monograph Looks Back on the Life and Career of Modern Master Jean Prouvé

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Ten years after its original publication, historian Raymond Guidot’s tome gets an extensive update.

"Jean Prouvé was a man of instinct—he was neither an architect nor an engineer, but as Le Corbusier said of him, he could be both at the same time," writes design historian Raymond Guidot in Jean Prouvé, a new monograph about the French master published by Galerie Patrick Seguin. Lovingly detailed over 750 pages, the double volume is an enriched version of the one published in 2007 and features scores of photographs and drawings. Also included are remembrances by his daughter, Catherine Prouvé, and essays by Guidot, architecture historian Catherine Coley, and Pritzker Prize–winning architects Renzo Piano and Jean Nouvel. 

An Expanded Monograph Looks Back on the Life and Career of Modern Master Jean Prouvé - Photo 1 of 3 - Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) opened his first workshop in Nancy, France, making wrought iron grilles and doors.&nbsp;</p><p><br> Advertisement from the Ateliers Jean Prouvé, in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui No. 2, July-August 1945 ©D.R.

Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) opened his first workshop in Nancy, France, making wrought iron grilles and doors. 


Advertisement from the Ateliers Jean Prouvé, in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui No. 2, July-August 1945 ©D.R.


An Expanded Monograph Looks Back on the Life and Career of Modern Master Jean Prouvé - Photo 2 of 3 - Over the course of his life, he pursued design that addressed serious problems, such as emergency housing, and pioneered prefab manufacturing techniques to equip hospitals, schools, and offices with furniture and fittings of his own creation.</p><p><br> Jean Prouvé, S.A.M No. 506 Table ©Patrick Seguin

Over the course of his life, he pursued design that addressed serious problems, such as emergency housing, and pioneered prefab manufacturing techniques to equip hospitals, schools, and offices with furniture and fittings of his own creation.


Jean Prouvé, S.A.M No. 506 Table ©Patrick Seguin


An Expanded Monograph Looks Back on the Life and Career of Modern Master Jean Prouvé - Photo 3 of 3 - Jean Prouvé, S.A.M. Table, Variant ©Patrick Seguin

Jean Prouvé, S.A.M. Table, Variant ©Patrick Seguin

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