Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Lynda C Klich

Second Advisor

Maria Antonella Pelizzari

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Antonella Pelizzari


This thesis examines the Purist object-type as a formal and social tool in interwar Paris. It’s establishment, definition, and use is analyzed through the work and writings of Amédée Ozenfant, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret and Fernand Léger, via painting as the primary practice, and its further conceptual applications in architecture and film.



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