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Fernand Léger - Oil Painting Reproductions

Each Fernand Léger oil painting is hand-painted with oil on linen canvas, created by one of HandmadePiece's professional painters. Museum quality with preview before shipment. Global free shipping.

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Leger focused the CUBIST's kaleidoscopic vision on a subject that Cubists had not yet treated: the industrial city and the machine aesthetic. Earlier artists (e.g., the IMPRESSIONISTS) had celebrated leisure activities of the sophisticated, urban middle class; Leger focused on high buildings and smokestacks, signs, stairways, and metal grids (e.g., The City, 1919), which he portrayed in semi-abstract, volumetric compositions. In contrast to RUSKIN and Robert MORRIS, who reacted with horror at the evil effects of industrialization, Leger found the Machine Age beautiful. In Three Women (1921), large nudes are transformed into figures of columns and spheres that look both machine-made and machine-like. Posed on a divan and surrounded by ART DECO patterns, the women are simultaneously glamorous and daunting technological versions of the FEMME FATALE. The inventive progression of Leger's styles, in sculpture as well as painting, was increasingly fanciful as he began to shape his figures with thick black outlines and to flatten them. Also capricious, he showed the interwoven forms of people tumbling through space (The Polychrome Divers, 1942-46), seemingly a conflation of LIPCHITZ's joy of Life, 1927-60, and MATISSE'S ecstatic nude dancers in his Joy of Life (1906). Leger might also pose his figures as if in a tableau: The Great Parade (1954) is made up of highly simplified circus performers in frozen poses. Here, through transparent swaths of color and various combinations of lines, Leger has created a picture so animated that it seems to jump off the canvas. Whether his figures move in space or space seems to move around them, Leger looked at the contemporary world in surprising new ways, trying to produce art that appealed to a proletarian as well as to an elite audience.

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