Some projects of the modernist artists, architects, designers and other thinkers represent endless source of the original social and utopian ideas. All of these were true and serious visions of the new modern society in the last century.
One of these projects is a very unknown collaboration of the architect André Bruyere (1912 - 1998) with the famous painter Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955). Both French, they came from different generations, but despite this at the beginning of the 1950s he collaborated on the design of a little bit utopian, newly built village community called The Village Polychrome. In this project we can see true endeavour of the connection of two different types of the visual arts, architecture and painting, in one. This period movement called "synthesis of the arts" was very strong and project of the Village Polychrome represent it in the context of the nice vision of the study and leisure community.
Sponsored by Francisco de Assis Chateaubriand Bandeira de Melo (a controversial media mogul, diplomat, and art collector from Brazil), the idea of the project was to create a small village for a community of two hundred Brazilian students in France. Bruyere and Léger were very enthusiastic into the work. But whole project failed at the end, because there were no money for it. So finally artists created only few sketches that are in the collection of The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montréal now.
Large plot of land (40 hectares) in southern France was going to be built with the construction of roads and other infrastructures such as parking spaces, green spaces, a restaurant, a museum, a public sculpture, a movie theatre, and most importantly, student housing facilities and ten fully furnished villas. One of the sketches shows Bruyere`s design of the guest villa with organic form and color layout by Léger. The style of the architecture represents period organic movement influenced by Brazilian modernism, as well as French family houses architecture of the time.
Photo, Courtesy of the CCA, Montréal