Klip and Corb on the Road

The Dual Diaries and Legacies of August Klipstein and Le Corbusier on their Eastern Journey, 1911

A new study on Le Corbusier’s 1911 Journey to the East, offering for the first time ever also the perspective of his friend and fellow traveler August Klipstein (1885–1951)


Title Information

Ivan Žaknić. With an introduction by Tim Benton

1st edition

, 2019


368 pages, 116 color and 22 b/w illustrations

15.5 x 24.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-817-1


In 1911, Le Corbusier (1887–1965), then still known as Charles-Edourad Jeanneret, and his friend August Klipstein (1885–1951), a scholar of art history and later renowned art dealer, undertook a grand tour of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, and Italy. While Klipstein’s interests were more focused on research for his doctoral thesis, Le Corbusier’s impressions were more immediate, his mindset more romantic. They both kept a diary of their journey and produced many sketches, drawings, watercolors, and photographs en route, sometimes capturing the same motif and even copying each other’s work. While Le Corbusier’s record was published in 1966 as Journey to the East and has become a classic, Klipstein’s testimony of the expedition remained largely unknown until today.

In this new book, Ivan Žaknić explores the creative symbiosis of this friendship and what the two ambitious young men brought back from their trip. Richly illustrated, including reproductions from both of their diaries, and featuring the complete text of Klipstein’s diary as well as that of the little known correspondence between Le Corbusier and Klipstein, the book offers an entirely new perspective of this seemingly well-known undertaking. It introduces the personality of Klipstein as well as lesser-known facets of the very young Le Corbusier.

Authors & Editors

Tim Benton

, born 1945, is a British scholar, writer, and broadcaster. He is a professor of art history at Open University and has written extensively on Le Corbusier. He has also been a visiting professor at Bard Graduate College (2003) and at Columbia University’s Department of Art and Archaeology (2007) in the US.

Ivan Žaknić

 is Professor emeritus of Architecture and Art at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He has published several books on Le Corbusier, exploring especially the early and late periods of the architect’s work.

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August Klipstein portrait, circa 1911. Courtesy Regula Bandi-Klipstein © The Klipstein Family

Toledo near St Martin’s Bridge. Sketch by August Klipstein, 1909. © The Klipstein Family

Paris, 1927. Left to right: August and Frieda Klipstein, Yvonne Gallis, Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier. Private collection. © The Klipstein Family

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret in Athens. Drawing by August Klipstein, September 1911. © The Klipstein Family

Constantinople, Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Plan column capital and annotations (from Tagebuch, p. 30). © The Klipstein Family

Great Lavras. Notes and sketches from different codexes (from Tagebuch, p. 79). © The Klipstein Family

Klipstein at the auction podium, circa 1950. © The Klipstein Family


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