Fernand Léger, ‘ Still Life with Blue Vase or The Table’, 1951, Gilden's Art Gallery

This Terracota plaque is hand painted and glazed.
It is hand titled and numbered in black gouache on the verso of the ceramic "Nature Morteau Vase Blue numero 55".
It is stamped with the artist stamp "F. LEGER BIOT (AM) at the verso.
The work also bears the original Galerie Simon (Leger's dealer since 1920) with their photograph archive number, name of the artist and title.
This is a unique work. This piece is probably a one of its kind in this colours combination.
It was created in 1951 in the Roland Brice studio in Biot.

Provenance :

  • Fernand Léger
  • Nadia Léger, the artist wife.
  • Thence by decent to Monsieur Bauquier (Last husband of Mrs Nadia Léger)
  • Thence by decent to Madame Bauquier
  • Gift from Madame Bauquier to her sister, Mrs Fayollat
  • Private Collection, France

Exhibited: Galerie Simon, 20bis rue d'Astrog, Paris. with their label verso.

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