Fernand Leger, La Racine Grise (The Gray Root), c. 1953
|Artist:||Fernand Leger (1881 - 1955)|
|Title:||La Racine Grise (The Gray Root), c. 1953|
|Image Size:||19 1/4 in x 25 1/4 in (49 cm x 64 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||25 1/4 in x 35 1/2 in (64.1 cm x 90.2 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 39 in x 44 1/4 in (99 cm x 112.4 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered 125/250 in pencil in the lower left margin with the embossed blindstamp of publisher, Guy Spitzer in the lower right.|
|Signature:||This work is hand-signed by Fernand Leger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette,1955) in ink in the lower right margin. Also signed ’45 | F. Leger’ in the stone in black in the lower right.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
This work closely resembles a painting created by Léger in 1941 entitled Racine. In this particular work, the large overlapping forms give the composition weight and unify the separate images. Léger’s use of color further energizes the piece by creating strong verticals, horizontals and diagonals. While one may attempt to assign meaning to the different planes of color, Léger avoids complete definition. The organic quality of the forms also adds a sense of movement to the work.
Created c. 1953, this color lithograph is hand signed by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette,1955) in ink in the lower right margin and in the stone in black in the lower right of the image. This work is numbered from the edition of 250 in the lower left and is printed on Arches wove paper. Published by Editions Guy Spitzer, Paris, the publisher’s blindstamp appears on the bottom right above Léger’s printed signature and Spitzer’s ink stamp appears on the reverse side of this work.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
It 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 final sale of the work).
1. Spitzer, Guy. Éditions Guy Spitzer, Reproductions de Tableaux de Maitres, Paris. Illustrated and detailed on pg. 19.
2. Saphire, Lawrence. Fernand Leger,The Complete Graphic Work. 1978. Illustrated and detailed as cat no E 21 on pgs 290 and 291.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About The Framing:
This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary 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.