Fernand Léger, La Fleur (The Flower), 1952

Artist: Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955)
Title:La Fleur (The Flower), 1952
Reference:Saphire 120
Medium:Original Color Lithograph
Image Size:11 7/10 in x 8 9/10 in (29.6 cm x 22.5 cm)
Sheet Size:13 in x 9 4/5 in (33 cm x 25 cm)
Framed Size:26 3/4 in x 23 1/2 in (68 cm x 60 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 30 in the lower left margin; published by Mourlot, Paris.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette,1955) in black ink in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-3929

Historical Description

Incredibly bold and vibrant color leaps from the composition of Fernand Léger La Fleur (The Flower), 1952. Green, white, and red colors contrast sharply with the black lining and highlight the flower amongst the clouds. Looking at this work brings to mind a quote from Albert Camus's 1942 book, The Myth of Sisyphus, in which he writes, "It is curious to note that the most intellectual kind of painting, the one that tries to reduce reality to its essential elements, is ultimately but a visual delight. All it has kept of the world is its color." This ideology of representation is particularly apparent in this work by Léger in which the color essentially makes up the work, with the actual object being an afterthought.

Created in 1952, this color lithograph is hand-signed by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) in ink in the lower right margin and numbered from the edition of 30 in the lower left margin. Trials of this lithograph were pulled by Desjobert, but after a dispute were switched to Mourlout, Paris.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Fernand Legér La Fleur (The Flower), 1952is 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 catalogue raisonné no. 120 on pg. 194, and illustrated on pg. 195.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Fernand Legér La Fleur (The Flower), 1952 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.


Subject Matter: Flowers