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Fernand Léger
"Les Loisirs Sur Fond Rouge" Lithograph Red Blue Yellow and Green

1949

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This brilliant colored lithograph on paper is the perfect example of Leger's populist style. It captures his bold use of color to depict the leisure activities of the working-class. This is from a printing of 250 by Fernand Leger with an ink stamp on lower right margin with the Musee Leger blindstamp. The lithograph sheet size is 24 inches x 36 inches image size is 20 inches x 25.5 inches. Joseph Fernand Henri Léger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. In his early works he created a personal form of cubism which he gradually modified into a more figurative, populist style. His boldly simplified treatment of modern subject matter has caused him to be regarded as a forerunner of pop art. Les Loisirs Sur Fond Rouge treats the subject matter of the leisure of the working-class. When he painted this in 1949, it was only thirteen years since the French benefited from paid holidays. It’s a big social advance. The costumes and accessories of the characters evoke different activities: cycling, swimming, picking flowers. The atmosphere of this painting reflects the accoutrements of happiness, contentment, pleasure and good health. The figures are powerful in their physical engagement of this atmosphere without visually expressing such emotions. As the first painter to take as his idiom the imagery of the machine age, and to make the objects of consumer society the subjects of his paintings, Léger has been called a progenitor of Pop Art. Leger uses a bright color palette dominated by the three primary colors of red, blue and yellow clearly separated by a black outline that delineates the colors, figures and objects. The printer made several versions of this print with different background colors, but the red background is from the print edition found at the Fernand Leger National Museum in Biot.

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  • Creator
    Fernand Léger (1881-1955, French)
  • Creation Year
    1949
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35 in. (88.9 cm)Width: 41 in. (104.14 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Frame shows slight wear This is matted with original frame. Lithograph excellent condition.
  • Gallery Location
    Detroit, MI
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU128615834971

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About the Artist

Fernand Léger

A painter as well as a filmmaker, illustrator, stage-set designer, ceramicist and printmaker, Fernand Léger was one of the most prolific artists of the first half of the 20th century. His early mature work as a Cubist was marked by the use of bold colors and contrasts and a visual vocabulary inspired by industrial technology. In his later career, Léger turned to idiomatic, almost naïve depictions of human figures, in a belief that his work should be accessible to ordinary people and relevant to their lives. Born in Normandy, the son of a cattle trader, Léger worked as an architectural draftsman in Paris while studying art. By 1908 he was a member of an artistic circle that included Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, and the poet Guillaume Appolinaire, and through them he became connected to the Cubists. As opposed to the flat planes and neutral hues seen in the paintings of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Léger’s Cubist abstractions were devised with vivid colors and forms that had dimensionality. Soon after his army service in World War I — he was gassed at the Battle of Verdun — Léger entered his “mechanical” period. Convinced that technology would improve the human condition, he painted compositions of tubular shapes and cylinders that are reminiscent of machine parts. In other work, Léger sought to capture the bustle and brio of modern life with references to railroad stations, factories, street signs and billboards. Léger had also emerged from the trenches with a deep concern to make his art engage the sorts of men and women he had met during the war. He sought to bring his work to a wider audience through film, theater sets and book illustrations. In the 1920s, influenced by Purism — a variant on Cubism that promoted a simpler and more direct approach to forms and compositions — Léger produced a series of paintings depicting everyday objects: a soda siphon, an accordion, a guitar and vase. The human figure returned to his work. By 1930, pure abstraction disappeared almost completely from Léger’s art in favor of simple studies of people. Their boldly outlined forms, placed against a bright background, can be regarded as an assemblage of parts — yet in these representations of dancers, acrobats and folks on bicycles, Léger seems to be articulating a kind of kinship and affection. You will see from the works on offer why Fernand Léger is often regarded as the warmest and most humane of the great modern artists.
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