A postcubist movement in painting proposed by Amedée Ozenfant and Charles-Eduoard Jeanneret (aka. Le Corbusier
) in their 1918 manifesto Après le Cubisme
Purism was characterized by the application of pseudoscientific
ideas to the visual arts, and the use of geometric clarity and flat isometric
The movement was not adopted by other painters.
The subject matter of the Purist canvas was limited to 'objet-types', i.e., mass-produced objects of use, such as bottles, pipes, glasses, bentwood chairs, etc
Mass-produced objects were allowed because they were seen to have stood the test of 'mechanical selection', an analogue to Darwin's natural selection.