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Fernand Léger, Matinée d’ivresse (Morning Rapture) from Les Illuminations, 1949

Artist: Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955)
Title:Matinée d’ivresse (Morning Rapture) from Les Illuminations, 1949
Reference:Saphire 31
Medium:Original Color Lithograph with Hand-Applied Pochoir on Lana Vélin paper
Image:11 1/3 in x 9 1/3 in (28.8 cm x 23.7 cm)
Sheet:13 in x 10 in (32.8 cm x 25.2 cm)
Framed:28 in x 24 7/8 in (71.1 cm x 63.2 cm)
Edition:Annotated ‘essai de tirage’ (or, trial proof) and hand signed by Louis Grosclaude (editor) in pencil in the lower left margin. Annotation and editor’s signature are unique to this rare, trial proof edition with hand-applied coloring.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) in pencil in the lower right margin. Also signed ‘F.L.’ in the stone in black in the lower right. Hand-signed by Louis Grosclaude (editor) in pencil
Condition:This work is in great condition, with full margins and bright fresh colors.
ID #w-2370

Historical Description

This intriguing composition goes hand-in-hand with Rimbaud’s poem titled Génie.  A lively, abstract black and white shape anchors the work, flanked by three circular organic forms in a brilliant red.  Central to the piece is the phrase, ‘Assassins | Le temps des voici (Assassins | The Time is Now)’.  Ominous and clearly referencing the tone and character of Rimbaud’s work, Léger has intriguingly captured the strength and essence of this written inspiration.

Created in 1949, this original color lithograph with hand-applied pochoir coloring was one of a series of 15 works by Fernand Léger intended to illustrated a book of poems by the writer, Arthur Rimbaud titled Les Illuminations.  Printed by Roth & Sauter, Lausanne, this work is hand signed by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881- Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) in pencil in the lower right with his initials printed in black in the lower right of the image.  Annotated ‘essai de tirage’ (or, trial proof) and hand signed by Louis Grosclaude (editor) in pencil in the lower left margin.  Annotation and editor’s signature are unique to this rare, trial proof edition with hand-applied coloring.

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, L. (1978). Fernand Léger, The Complete Graphic Work. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 31 on pg. 78 and detailed on pg. 70.

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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