02
Apr
11

Fernand Léger : Paintings

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Enormous enlargements of an object or a fragment give it a personality it never had before,
and in this way, it can become a vehicle of entirely new lyric and plastic power.” Fernand Léger

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“The women and children”
Fernand Léger
Oil on Canvas

“The great tug”
Fernand Léger
Oil on Canvas

“The bridge of the tug”
Fernand Léger
Oil on Canvas

“The tug”
Fernand Léger
Oil on Canvas

“The disks in the city”
Fernand Léger
Oil on Canvas

“Women in an Interior”
Fernand Léger
Oil on Canvas

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Fernand Léger initially trained as an architect. He was part of the avant garde circle of artists working in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. Prior to the First World War, his work was strongly influenced by Cubism. He also shared Futurism’s fascination with technology, machinery and the increased speed with which modern life was being lived. Léger developed his own style by combining elements of both movements. His paintings centred on powerful contrasts of forms and although his subjects were often abstracted, fractured and seen from multiple viewpoints, they always remained visually legible. His paintings highlighted the volumetric qualities of objects by simplifying forms into tubular structures and reducing colours to monochromes, primaries and secondaries. Léger’s intention was to conjure up the intense and unsettling experience of modern life itself with the visual dissonance of his colour contrasts. He wanted his art to have a similar physical effect to speed and noise. [i-map]

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Fernand Léger : Tate

Fernand Léger : Artworks

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