Fernand Léger, Les Acrobates (The Acrobats)
|Artist:||Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955)|
|Title:||Les Acrobates (The Acrobats)|
|Medium:||Terracota low relief ceramic plaque; clay with black, red and white enamel|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 250 on the underside.|
|Signature:||This work is initialed ‘F.L.’ by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) in black in the lower right.|
Fernand Léger Les Acrobates (The Acrobats) is a work of pure artistry in the ceramic medium. Leger’s sculptural ceramic works are considered the highest point of his Cubist practice. From the distorted proportions to the flattened perspective, each quality typical of Cubism is enhanced as a sculptural work. Leger began creating enameled terracotta low reliefs based on the patterns of paintings he had created prior to 1950. Most of his ceramic works even share the same motifs as his paintings.
According to Y. Brunhammer (2005), “Roland Brice reproduced the motifs in relief in soft clay, A mould was cast from this relief to produce several plaques, which were then enameled in different colors. On each plaque, Leger would vary the forms and relief, sometimes using black outlines, or change the colour of the enamel. This technique enabled him to produce several compositions with different colours wich stood out strongly against the white enamel coating the red terracotta (132).”
In this ceramic work, three figures intertwine playfully indifferent formations. Their limbs are long and winding, creating a cartoonish depiction of three acrobats performing a trick. The background is a vibrant red which contrasts beautifully with the white colored figures. The figures are outlined in black, creating a multidimensional effect. It appears as if the characters are floating towards us.
Created in 1954, this terracota low relief ceramic plaque; clay with black, red and white enamel is initialed ‘F.L.’ by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) in black in the lower right. Numbered from the edition of 250 on the reverse. .
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Fernand Léger Les Acrobates (The Acrobats) 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. Brunhammer, Y. (2005). Fernand Léger: The Monumental Art. 5 Continents Editions: Milan. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 145. Further discussion on pgs. 132 & 140.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.