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Fernand Léger Art

French, 1881-1955
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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Artist: Fernand Léger
Study for a Theater Decoration - Original watercolor drawing, Handsigned
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955) Study for a Theater Decoration, 1950 Original watercolor drawing Handsigned Titled "Bolivar" on the back On paper 17 x 24.5 cm (c. 7 x 10 in) mounted on ...
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1950s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Watercolor

Les Deux Amoureux, Musee de Lyon, Lithograph, 1955
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
"Colour is a human need like water and fire. It is a raw material indispensable to life" - Fernand Leger This gorgeous lithographic poster advertising the opening of an exhibition...
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1950s Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

FERNAND LEGER (1881-1955): "WOMAN TREE"
By Fernand Léger
Located in Pasadena, CA
lithograph on paper, signed in plate, pencil numbered (202/500), Leger Museum (Biot) blind stamp, Condition: fading to color; Provenance: The Estate of Arthur and Doris Glick, Beverl...
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Early 20th Century Cubist Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

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 Art

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Archival Paper, Gouache

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 Art

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Lithograph

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 Art

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Etching

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 Art

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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 Art

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Lithograph

Composition on a yellow background
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1954 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 4/75 Publisher : Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris Printer : Mourlot, Paris Catalog : Saphire 138 50.00 cm. x 65.00 cm. | ...
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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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 Art

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Stencil

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 Art

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Paper, Lithograph

No title
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Silksreen Handsigned by the artist in pencil After a gouache. Edition : 113/200 Printer : Jean Bruller (Paris) Catalog : Saphire E10 56.00 cm. x 38.00 cm. | 22.05 in. x 14.96 in. (p...
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Silk

Original Vintage Art Exhibition Poster Fernand Leger Haus Der Kunst Birds Design
By Fernand Léger
Located in London, GB
Original vintage advertising poster for an exhibition of work by Fernand Leger (1881-1955) held at the Haus der Kunst Munchen from 20 March to 12 May 1957. The poster features a colo...
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1950s Fernand Léger Art

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Paper

Head and Plant
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
Lithograph titled Head and Plan by Joseph Fernand Henri Leger, signed F.L. in the plate. Leger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. In his early works he created a personal...
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1950s Contemporary Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Les Constructeurs by Fernand Leger
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
Artist: Fernand Leger Medium: Original Lithographic Poster, 1951 Dimensions: 29.9 x 20.5 in, 75.9 x 52.1 cm
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1950s Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

1956 Fernand Leger Mourlot Exhibition Poster
By Fernand Léger
Located in Hudson, NY
76 x 52 cm. Printed by Fernand Mourlot on rag paper watermarked "Mourlot." A condition. Not in Saphire. .Fernand Mourlot was born in Paris in 1895. He grew up in the family print sho...
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Mid-20th Century Cubist Fernand Léger Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Le Cirque - Vintage Rare Book Illustrated by Fernand Léger - 1950
By Fernand Léger
Located in Roma, IT
Le Cirque is an original modern rare book illustrated by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881 - Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) in 1950. Published by Tériade Éditions, Paris. Original edition inclu...
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1950s Surrealist Fernand Léger Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Construction
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Silksreen, 1954 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 70/200 Catalog : Saphire E6 38.00 cm. x 54.00 cm. | 14.96 in. x 21.26 in. (paper) 25.00 cm. x 28.00 cm. | 9.84 in. x 1...
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Silk

Composition on a yellow background
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1954 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 59/75 Publisher : Galerie Louise Leiris (Paris) Printer : Mourlot (Paris) Catalog : Saphire 138 50.00 cm. x 65.00 cm....
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

"Derriere Le Miroir 1955" Blue, Yellow, and Brown Abstract Figurative Lithograph
By Fernand Léger
Located in Houston, TX
Colorful cubist lithograph by renowned artist Fernand Léger. The work showcases his iconic "tubism" version of cubism, including rounded, mechanical shapes and figures. This lithogra...
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1950s Cubist Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Jeune femme
By Fernand Léger
Located in Wien, Wien
Washed ink with brush on paper, signed and monogrammed (19) 51. provenance: Gallery Charles Kriwin, Bruxelles Private collection, Monte Carlo Private collection, Salzburg
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1950s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Watercolor

Sculptures Polychromes by Fernand Leger - modern lithograph (abstract parrot)
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
This lithographic poster featuring the image of Fernand Leger's color lithograph 'The Parrot' was used for the 1953 exhibition of colored sculptures by the artist at the Galerie Loui...
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1950s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #20-21 (Cover)
By Fernand Léger
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Joan Miro Medium: Lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #20-21 (Cover) Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #20-21 Year: 1949 Signed: Initialed in the plate Framed Size: 25 3/4" x 21...
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1940s Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

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 Art

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Lithograph

"Femme sur fond juane" Abstract Lithograph with Colors and Nude Female
By Fernand Léger
Located in Detroit, MI
"Femme sur fond juane" is a Mid-Century Lithograph that incorporates both a Cubist style nude female and an abstract sculpture as her companion. Both contemplate each other while the...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph, Paper

Composition - Original Lithograph on Paper by Fernand Léger - 1925
By Fernand Léger
Located in Roma, IT
Composition is an original lithograph on ivory-colored paper realized by Fernand Léger (1881-1955). Very good conditions. Sheet dimension: 31 x 24 On both sides of the paper, The ...
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1920s Cubist Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Liberté j’écris ton nom.
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
Éluard, Paul. Liberté j’écris ton nom. Paris (Seghers), [1953]. Folding broadside (leporello), with continuous color silkscreen by Fernand Léger, integrated with text, extending th...
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1950s Cubist Fernand Léger Art

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Screen

Yellow Carpet 9 - Fernand Léger
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Yellow Carpet 9 - Fernand Léger Signed Wool Limited edition of 100 copies L224xD113 Circa 1940 Price : 17900 euros
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1950s Fernand Léger Art

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Wool

From the Series "La Ville"
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
This lithograph was printed at the Atelier Mourlot in Paris in 1959 and is a part of the "La Ville" portfolio. It is annotated "Epreuve de l'atelier Mourlot / Lith. de F. Leger" bene...
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1950s Post-War Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Pleasant Thoughts for the Morning
By Fernand Léger
Located in London, GB
FERNAND LÉGER 1881-1955 Argentan 1881-1955 Paris, Gif-sur-Yvette (French) Title: Pleasant Thoughts for the Morning Bonne Pensée du Matin, from: Les Illuminations, 1948 Technique:...
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1940s Fernand Léger Art

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Ink, Watercolor

La femme et la fleur
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
Signed and numbered in pencil; stamp signed and dated
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20th Century Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Le Cirque.
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
LÉGER, Fernand. Le Cirque. Illustrated with 75 lithographs by Léger, of which 33 are printed in colour and 42 in black (unsigned). Folio, 440 x 340, bound in a recent cloth chemis...
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1950s Fernand Léger Art

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Paper

Statuette au Vase Jaune, painting by Fernand Leger c.1949
By Fernand Léger
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Fernand Leger, French (1881 - 1955) Title: Statuette au Vase Jaune Year: circa 1949 Medium: Gouache on Paper, dedicated (a Nicole) l.r. Size: 5 x 5 in. (12.7 x 12.7 cm) Frame...
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1940s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Gouache

Album de 10 sérigraphies
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1951 Edition : 57/200 Publisher : Guilde internationale de la Gravure (Genève) Printer : Jean Bruller (Paris) Catalog : Sapphire E7 56.00 cm. x 38.00 cm. 22.05 in. x 14....
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

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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