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Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955)
LOT ID: 72389
Composition & Le Partie de Campagne (set of two works), ie. circa 1950

Lithograph, in colors
14 х 21 in. (35.56 x 53.34 cm.)
Plate signed
Foundry/Publisher Editions de la Revue Verve, & Editions D'art du Lion, France
Lot description
Lot of two lithographs by Fernand Leger. Both pieces are ideal examples of how Leger used relations of geometric forms in his work, which were an important part of his artistic expression. Each piece is signed in the plate.

"La Partie de Campagne" (The country party): Original color lithograph, plate signed. Created in 1951 and printed in 1952 by Editions de la Revue Verve. From an unnumbered, limited edition of 6000. Paper size is 14 x 21 inches. Black and white image printed on verso.

"Composition": A color lithograph, signed in the plate and hand pulled. From the "Douze Contemporains" portfolio. Piece is after a painting created in 1938. Published and printed by Editions D'art du Lion, France in 1959. From an unnumbered, limited edition of 970. Paper size is 13 x 18 inches.

French artist Fernand Léger (1881-1955) is unquestionably one of the major artists of the 20th Century. As a young man, Léger began to focus on expressing the beauty of common objects, especially those mechanical in nature. Trained as an architect and draftsman, he had a deep love of form and geometry, a marriage of aesthetics that run like a thread through his work. Often times combining classical forms and a modern structural framework, Léger began painting objects in their simplest terms and using bold, bright colors. All this with the intent of creating art that was accessible. L'Enfant à l'accordéon is an excellent example of this.

Léger once said "the object in modern painting must become the main character and overthrow the subject." By having authorship of and following the idiom to allow the "object" represented in a composition to replace the subject, Léger is recognized as being amongst the earliest progenitors of Pop art.
Composition & Le Partie de Campagne (set of two works) by Fernand Léger
  • Composition & Le Partie de Campagne (set of two works) by Fernand Léger
  • Composition & Le Partie de Campagne (set of two works) by Fernand Léger
  • Composition & Le Partie de Campagne (set of two works) by Fernand Léger
  • Composition & Le Partie de Campagne (set of two works) by Fernand Léger
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