Fernand Léger, ‘La Roche (The Hive)’, 1959, Leviton Fine Art
Fernand Léger, ‘La Roche (The Hive)’, 1959, Leviton Fine Art
Fernand Léger, ‘La Roche (The Hive)’, 1959, Leviton Fine Art

Fernand Leger (1881-1955, France) - "La Roche" (The Hive) from the "La Ville" series. Original limited edition lithograph on paper, plate-signed, numbered 146/180; published in 1959 by Teriade, Paris. Matted and framed, the measurements are 26" x 20." Ships free in the USA.

In 1954 Leger began to create a series of 29 lithographs, a monumental work comparable with 'a Cirque’ which he had made some while before. Leger made numerous studies for these lithographs and proofs in black and white were made for two of the pieces before his death. In 1959, Teriade, the famous art publisher, created an album containing 29 proofs in colors suitable for the works which Leger had made. Each plate of the ”La Ville” is marked with the signature stamp of the artist and numbered from an edition of 1 to 180.

Fernand Léger was a French painter, sculptor and filmmaker who was deeply influenced by modern industrial technology and Cubsim. He developed “machine art,” a style characterized by monumental mechanistic forms rendered in bold colors. His early cubism gradually modified into a more figurative, populist style. His boldly simplified treatment of modern subject matter has caused him to be regarded as a forerunner of pop art.

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About Fernand Léger

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.

French, 1881-1955, Argentan, France, based in Paris, France

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