It all started in 1924 when Eileen Gray, an Irish architect, along with her lover Jean Badovici, who was also an architect, built a vocational home called the E-1027 house in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Le Corbusier was a friend of Badoivci and visited the house very often, admiring it’s every aspect. He admired it to the extent that he desired to add his own touches to the home. He began painting murals on the walls that had some sexual essence. He painted eight murals between 1937 and 1939. He was often caught painting these murals naked. Eileen Gray found these paintings offensive, considering them to be obscene and an act of vandalism. He became preoccupied with the house and tried to purchase it himself, but Eileen Gray refused to sell. Le Corbusier went on to purchase a piece of land just east of E-1027 and built for himself and his wife a cabin. He called it ‘Le Petit Cabanon’.
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