Fernand Léger, Abstract Composition, 1953

Artist: Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955)
Title:Abstract Composition, 1953
Reference:Brunhammer 148
Medium:Original Terracotta Plaque; white clay with white, blue, orange, yellow, red, and black enamel.
Image:17 1/2 in x 13 3/16 in x 2 in (44 1/2 cm x 33 1/2 cm x 5 cm)
Edition:Annotated on verso in black 'COMPOSITION ABSTRAITE | Edition à 250 exemplaires d'après la | maquette originale de Fernand LEGER | (exclusivité Musée National F LEGER _BIOT)'
Signature:Initialed 'F.L.' on the front in black in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in very good condition with a glossy finish.
ID #w-3397
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Historical Description

Conveying an abstract composition in a sculptural form, Léger contributes a sense of texture and depth to this striking image. In the center of this balanced composition, a vertical white and black form reminiscent of a flute stands erect. Behind this figure, curved colored forms sway and bend and appear as abstract vines growing upwards and loosely twisting around each other. Léger places these figures against a stark white background, highlighting the bold, black lines and bright vibrant colors of these figures. The shiny gloss finish adds a sense of texture and encourages interaction with the piece, catching the light at varied angles depending on the position from which it is viewed.

Created in 1953, this original glazed terracotta plaque was created through collaboration between Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881 - Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) and ceramicist Roland Brice. This piece is initialed 'F.L.' on the front in black in the lower right and annotated on verso in black 'COMPOSITION ABSTRAITE | Edition à 250 exemplaires d'après la | maquette originale de Fernand LEGER | (exclusivité Musée National F LEGER _BIOT'. Another example of this work is featured in the collection at the Musée National Fernand Léger, Biot.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work 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. Brunhammer, Y. (2005). Fernand Léger: The Monumental Art. 5 Continents Editions: Milan. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 148 on pg. 139. Further discussion on pgs. 132 & 140.

2. 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.

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