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A mountaineer in deep snow, long wooden skis over her shoulder, pushes up the last pitch of a steep ascent. Beyond, shards of the Alps rise tumultuously against a clear, cold sky. This view of Charlotte Perriand in the early 1930s, “face-to-face with the sky and infinity, ” as she described it, contrasts vividly with a much more widely published photograph of her resting elegantly on her tubular steel chaise lounge, face turned toward a pure white wall—a calculated depiction


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