Fernand Léger, Nature Morte aux Fruits Verts (Still Life with Green Fruits), c. 1950
Signed Fernand Léger Glazed Ceramic Relief with Enamel, Nature Morte aux Fruits Verts (Still Life with Green Fruits), c. 1950
|Artist:||Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955)|
|Title:||Nature Morte aux Fruits Verts (Still Life with Green Fruits), c. 1950|
|Medium:||Glazed Ceramic Relief with Enamel|
|Image Size:||DIMENSIONS: 24 1/4 in x 15 1/2 in (61.5 cm x 39.5 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 50.|
|Signature:||This work is inscribed with the initials ‘F.L.’ in the lower right by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955).|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
Fernand Leger Sculpture Nature Morte aux Fruits Verts (Still Life with Green Fruits), c. 1950-1953 injects his playful, cubist style into still life. Leger’s style is informally regarded as “Tubism” and consistently reveals the artist’s interest in machinery and mechanics. Though, unlike those of the other cubists, Leger’s works are much easier to discern.
Staying true to Leger’s this style, the large-scale glazed ceramic relief emphasizes rounded forms and the use of primary colors.In the background is a pigmented blue color which contrasts beautifully with the orange, yellow and green. Curved lines and blocks of color interlace to form the foundations of the image. However, the abstract structure of the the sculpture abandons any hint of realism. With that, viewers are left to their own devices to discern whether the setting is an outdoor landscape or an indoor setting. In the lower left of the reliefs are two green apples, both vibrantly colored. The glazed texture of the ceramic enhances the color of the apples, reminding us of fresh fruits. Despite the focus on still life, objects within the image seem to float and bounce in all directions, exuding movement and spontaneity.
Created circa 1950, this glazed ceramic relief with enamel is is inscribed with the initials ‘F.L.’ in the lower right by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955. Numbered from the edition of 50.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Fernand Leger Nature Morte aux Fruits Verts (Still Life with Green Fruits), c. 1950 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).
1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this art work.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Fernand Leger Nature Morte aux Fruits Verts (Still Life with Green Fruits), c. 1950 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas
What Do I Get With My Purchase?
The Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work, guaranteeing its authenticity for as long as you own it.
All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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Fernand Leger Biography
French painter and designer. From c.1909 Fernand Leger participated in the Cubist movement. He is generally considered one of its major masters but his curvilinear and tubular forms (he was for a time called a ‘tubist‘) contrasted with the fragmented forms preferred by Picasso and Braque. The First World War, during which he was gassed whilst serving as a stretcher-bearer, had a profound effect on Leger. His contact with men of different social classes and different walks of life came as a revelation: ‘I was abruptly thrust into a reality which was both blinding and new,’ he said. Henceforward he made it his ambition to create an art which should be accessible to all ranks of modem society.
In 1920 he met Le Corbusier and Ozenfant and in the early 1920s he was associated with their Purist movement. Fernand Leger’s paintings were static, with the precise and polished facture of machinery, and he had a fondness for including representations of mechanical parts.During the late 1920s and 1930s he also painted single objects isolated in space and sometimes blown up to gigantic size, In the inter-war years he expanded his range beyond easel painting, with murals and designs for the theatre and cinema. He was also busy as a teacher, notably at his own school, the Academie de I’Art Contemporain, and he traveled widely, making three visits to the USA in the 1930s. The connections he had made there stood him in good stead when he lived in America. During the Second World War he lived in the USA, teaching at Yale University, and at Mills College, California. Acrobats and cyclists were favorite subjects in his paintings of this time. From his return to France in 1945 his painting reflected more prominentlyhis political interest in the working classes. But its static, monumental style remained, with flat, unmodulated colours, heavy black contours, and a continuing concern with the contrast between cylindrical and rectilinear forms. in his later career Fernand Leger worked much on large decorative commissions, notably the windows and tapestries for the church at Audincourt (1951). Many honours came to him late in life, and a museum dedicated to him opened at Biot in France in 1957. In the catalogue of the exhibition Leger and Purist Paris’ (Tate Gallery, London, 1970), John Golding wrote of Leger: ‘No other major twentieth-century artist was to react to, and to reflect, such a wide range of artistic currents and movements . . . And yet he was to remain supremely independent as an artistic personality. Never at any moment in his career could he be described as a follower … But his originality lay basically in his ability to adapt the ideas and to a certain extent even the visual discoveries of others to his own ends.’ He saw the poetic value that lies in the clear delineation of everyday objects, the in trinsic beauty of modem machinery and the things which are mass-produced by machinery, and he favoured proletarian subjects, depicting them with the same clarity and precision as the themes taken from machine culture.