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Concrete Building Sketches

A work made of black marker on tracing paper.

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  • A work made of black marker on tracing paper.




Oscar Niemeyer
Brazilian, 1907-2012

About this artwork

Scripted across this sketch, “the concrete suggests the curve, the free and different shape, to win the spaces. Architecture is invention,” reflects Niemeyer’s belief that the material of concrete was best synthesized through curvilinear form. Unlike his modernist contemporaries where right angles and straight lines defined their architecture, the work of Niemeyer embraced the inherent fluid nature of concrete that helped to shape his organic shapes and curvilinear forms. Furthermore, he believed that invention was a primary component of architecture—an opportunity to introduce something new to the public. It was through his unique approach and use of concrete that his new inventions in architecture were formed.


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Architecture and Design


Oscar Niemeyer (Architect)


Concrete Building Sketches


Brazil (Artist's nationality:)

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Black marker on tracing paper


50 × 70 cm (19 11/16 × 27 9/16 in.)

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Gift of Oscar Niemeyer, Fundaçao Oscar Niemeyer

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