Fernand Léger, Composition sur fond Jaune, 1952

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Artist: Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955)
Title: Composition sur fond Jaune, 1952
Medium: Original Color Lithograph
Image Size: 22 3/4 in x 18 1/2 in (57.8 cm x 47 cm)
Sheet Size: 25 3/4 in x 19 3/4 in (65.4 cm x 50.2 cm)
Framed Size: 40 1/4 in x 34 3/4 in (102.2 cm x 88.3 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 75 in pencil in the lower left margin; printed on watermarked Arches Script wove paper by Mourlot, Paris; published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris.
Signature: This work is hand-signed by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) in ink in the lower right margin; also signed 'FL-52' in the stone in black.
Condition: This work is in great condition, with full margins and bright fresh colors.
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ID # w-2676

Putting a new spin on one of his favorite subjects, Léger here depicts tree trunks and logs as objects in space rather than related to the ground. The gnarled branches form an abstract still-life composition, twisting and turning in unanticipated directions. The earthy browns, greens, and yellows contrast with the bold black outlines. The logs appear as though arranged on a platter, presented to the viewer for contemplation. An intriguing aspect of this piece is the tiny box-like form containing three small, tubular figures to the upper right of the composition. These tubular forms resemble cigarettes, stuffed in a box with smoke emitting from them in the form of dark diagonal streaks, bringing to mind the fragility of the logs as wood that can be easily burned.

Created in c. 1954, this work was printed on watermarked Arches Script wove paper by Mourlot, Paris and published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris. Hand signed by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) in ink in the lower right margin and numbered 10/75 (from the total edition of 75) in pencil in the lower left margin.

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. Saphire, Lawrence, Fernand Léger, The Complete Graphic Work, 1978, listed as cat no 138 on pgs 228-29, 284-85, another example from the same edition illustrated.

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 and optical grade Plexiglas.

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