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Fernand Léger

French, 1881-1955

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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Nature morte à la Coupe de Fruit - Original Lithograph by F. Léger - 1950s
By Fernand Léger
Located in Roma, IT
Still Life is an original color etching realized by Fernand Léger (1881-1955). Original title: Nature Morte à la Coupe de fFuit Hand-signed by the artist on the lower right. Number...
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1950s Cubist Fernand Léger

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Etching

Architectural Composition
By Fernand Léger
Located in Austin, TX
"Architectural Composition" Artist: Fernand Leger Medium: Mixed Media on Paper Size: 28" x 21" Framed An glorios example of a Master Cubist, Fernand Leger, featuring bold primaries ...
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Early 20th Century Cubist Fernand Léger

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Archival Paper, Gouache

Still Life - Original Lithograph by F. Léger - 1951
By Fernand Léger
Located in Roma, IT
Still Life is an original color lithograph realized by Fernand Léger (1881-1955) and published by éditions Falaize, Paris, 1951. With the additional values of the blue ink signatu...
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1950s Contemporary Fernand Léger

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Lithograph

Bonne pensée du matin
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Stencil, 1949 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 248/395 Signed in pencil. Taken from the suite "Les Illuminations". Publisher : Grosclaude, Editions des Gaules, Lausan...
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1940s Abstract Fernand Léger

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Stencil

La Partie de Campagne - Original Lithograph by Fernand Leger - Mid 20th Century
By Fernand Léger
Located in Roma, IT
La Partie de Campagne is an original artwork realized by Fernand Leger (Orne 1881 - 1955 Gif-sur-Yvette, painter and graphic artist), Mixed colored lithograph on paper. Signed and ...
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Mid-20th Century Cubist Fernand Léger

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Lithograph

Cirque - Original Lithograph by Fernand Léger­ - 1958
By Fernand Léger
Located in Roma, IT
Cirque is an original artwork realized by Fernand Leger (Orne 1881 - 1955 Gif-sur-Yvette, painter and graphic artist) in 1958. Mixed colored lithograph on paper. Monogram on plate...
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1950s Modern Fernand Léger

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Lithograph

Head and cactus
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1954 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 159/200 Publisher : Jean Bruller, Paris Printer : Jean Bruller Catalog : Saphire E9 38.00 cm. x 56.00 cm. | 14.96 in....
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger

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Lithograph

The petrol station, The etude for the city Paper, lithograph 2/300, 34x45cm
By Fernand Léger
Located in Riga, LV
Le Poste d'Essence, Etude pour la Ville / The petrol station, The etude for the city Paper, colored lithograph 2/300, 34x45 cm Fernand Léger (1881-1955) Joseph Fernand Henri Léger (...
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Early 20th Century Pop Art Fernand Léger

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Paper, Lithograph

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Fernand Léger art for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a wide variety of authentic Fernand Léger art available for sale. If you're looking for art to add a pop of color to a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of orange, yellow, green and other colors. You can also browse art by medium to find Fernand Léger in lithograph, paper, paint and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th Century and is mostly associated with the Modern style. Not every interior allows large Fernand Léger art, so small editions measuring 7.090000152587891 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the works of Charles Lapicque, George Braque and Frank Arnold. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $437 and tops out at $390,000 while the average work can sell for $2,446..

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