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Fernand Léger

Composition au compas, 1932

Oil on original canvas
10 3/5 × 18 1/10 in
27 × 46 cm
€300,000 - 400,000
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HELENE BAILLY GALLERY
Paris
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Fernand Leger expresses paradox both in his personality and art. When many of his contemporaries …

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Fernand Leger expresses paradox both in his personality and art. When many of his contemporaries used photography or ready-made, Leger kept using the oil painting technique. As the telephone spread, Leger continued to use the telegraph. However, his subjects are less conservative, he integrates the technical …

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Signed and dated lower right : F. Léger ; 32. Countersigned, dated and titled on the back : F. Léger ; 32 ; Composition au compas.
Fernand Léger
French, 1881–1955
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Working in Paris during the height of Cubism, Fernand Léger’s iconic style, with its emphasis on primary colors and rounded, massive forms, has become informally regarded as “Tubism.” Even at their most abstract, Léger’s subjects are easier to recognize than the rigorous Cubist dissections of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, and the accessibility and contemporary subject matter of his works have led many to describe Léger as both populist and a forerunner of Pop Art. Interested in modern innovation, Léger joined the Puteaux Cubists, engaging with Robert Delaunay, Francis Picabia, and Jean Metzinger, among others. His interest in industry and machines was further encouraged by the Italian Futurist painters, and by his military service for France during World War I. While Léger would later revisit more traditional subjects—including the female nude, landscape and still life—these works retained his characteristically bold style.

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About the work
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HELENE BAILLY GALLERY
Paris
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Fernand Leger expresses paradox both in his personality and art. When many of his contemporaries …

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Fernand Leger expresses paradox both in his personality and art. When many of his contemporaries used photography or ready-made, Leger kept using the oil painting technique. As the telephone spread, Leger continued to use the telegraph. However, his subjects are less conservative, he integrates the technical …

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Signature
Signed and dated lower right : F. Léger ; 32. Countersigned, dated and titled on the back : F. Léger ; 32 ; Composition au compas.
Fernand Léger
French, 1881–1955
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Working in Paris during the height of Cubism, Fernand Léger’s iconic style, with its emphasis on primary colors and rounded, massive forms, has become informally regarded as “Tubism.” Even at their most abstract, Léger’s subjects are easier to recognize than the rigorous Cubist dissections of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, and the accessibility and contemporary subject matter of his works have led many to describe Léger as both populist and a forerunner of Pop Art. Interested in modern innovation, Léger joined the Puteaux Cubists, engaging with Robert Delaunay, Francis Picabia, and Jean Metzinger, among others. His interest in industry and machines was further encouraged by the Italian Futurist painters, and by his military service for France during World War I. While Léger would later revisit more traditional subjects—including the female nude, landscape and still life—these works retained his characteristically bold style.

Fernand Léger

Composition au compas, 1932

Oil on original canvas
10 3/5 × 18 1/10 in
27 × 46 cm
€300,000 - 400,000
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