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The Museum of Avant-garde

Fernand Léger

France (1881—1955)
Originally from Normandy, Léger started his career working in an architect’s Practice, before studying at the School of Decorative Arts in Paris. He rented a studio at La Ruche and developed connections with artists such as Delaunay, Chagall, Apollinaire and absorbed Cubism movement and inspiration. He created his own Cubist style reinterpreting forms into tubolar shapes: his approach was referred to as ‘Tubism’. He lectured on contemporary achievements in paintings. He fought at the front in Verdun, where he was wounded and dismissed. He created The Card Party which marked the beginning of his mechanical period and led to the Three Women work in 1921. In mid 1920s he discovered Purism, having seen the work of Ozenfant and Le Corbusier. In 1926 he created and directed The Mechanical Ballet, a film with photographs by Man Ray. His artistic production was versatile and included set design and stained glass windows and mosaics. After joining the French Comunist Party in 1945, his work depicted working class subjects but did not achieve resonance among the general public.

The waitress (La serveuse)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The builders (Les bâtisseuses)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

American women (Femmes américaines)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Het Overzicht

Half-Maandelijks Tijdschrift: Kunst, Letteren, Menshei / Bi-monthly periodical / 23.9 x 32 cm / Antwerp, 1921-1925 / SABAM Belgium 2020

Water

Original lithograph / 24 x 28.5 cm / 1937 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Lovers (Les amoureux)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The dancers (Les danseuses)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Factories (Les usines)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The woman with the flower (La femme à la fleur)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The barges (Les péniches)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The bus stop (L’arrêt de l’autobus)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Le Sacré-Coeur

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Airplanes (Les avions)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Les illuminations

By Arthur Rimbaud / Illustrated book / Lithographs after original gouaches / 12.2 x 17.4 cm / Paris, 1949

In the subway (Dans le métro)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

J’ai tué

Illustrated book / 18.3 x 18.5 cm / Paris, 1918 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The hat shop (La chapellerie)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Les Halles

Original lithograph / 49.7 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The weightlifter (L’haltérophile)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

La Marseillaise

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Mes voyages

Illustrated book with original lithographs / 27.6 x 38.4 cm / Paris, 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Die Bücherkiste

Monatsschrift für Literatur, Graphik und Buchbesprechung / Journal / Letterpress with original woodcuts / 15.4 x 23 cm / Munich, 1919-1921

The cyclists (Les cyclistes)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

On the dock (Sur le quai)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The harbour (Le port)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Morris column (La colonne Morris)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Notre-Dame

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Paris

80 photographies de Moï Ver / Illustrated book / Heliogravure / 22.1 x 29.3 cm / Paris, 1931 / © 1931, Editions Jeanne Walter

Athletes (Les athlètes)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The merry-go-round (Le manège)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

At the bistro (Le bistrot)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The beach (La plage)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Lovers (Les amants)

Original lithograph / 49.7 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The department store (Les grands magasins)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The homeless man (Le clochard)

Original lithograph / 25.1 x 34.9 cm / 1960 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris