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Fernand Léger, La preuve que l'homme descend du singe

Fernand Léger La preuve que l'homme descend du singe, 1916

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Fernand Léger, La preuve que l'homme descend du singe
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    Léger, Fernand
    La preuve que l'homme descend du singe. Photographie Originale. A[RGONNE], 23 AVRIL 1916.
    Tirage argentique d’époque (158 x 97 mm) contrecollé sur carton (318 x 250 mm) avec triple filet dessiné. Signé et daté "F Léger A. 23-4+16".
    Quelques pliures, miroirs d’argent.

    Au front de Normandie à Argonne, Léger réalise 6 œuvres, dont 4 sur des matériaux de fortune (tronc de bois et planches). Vision comique de la vie du soldat sur la ligne de front, La preuve que l’homme descend du singe est l'un des deux seuls tableaux connus que Léger réalise en 1915, qu'il offre à son ami le capitaine Blanc. Pour conserver une trace de ces deux œuvres, Léger exécuta plusieurs reproductions en 1916 : outre cette photographie datée d'avril, on connaît aussi un croquis en noir d'après ce tableau (Sotheby's, Paris, 16 décembre 2008, lot 122).

    Avec une pointe métallique, Léger a gratté certains éléments de la photographie en noir et blanc (notamment la trompette en haut à gauche), pour rendre le relief présent dans la toile.
    Références : G. Bauquier, Fernand Léger, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, 1903-1919, n° 99, p. 183 (pour le tableau).


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Fernand Léger

Born in: 1881


Famous artist

Fernand Léger was born on 4 February 1881 in Argentan (Orne) and died on 17 August 1955 in Gif-sur-Yvette (Essonne). He is a representative of the cubist current. His version of it is also called by critics "tubism", due to his preference for tubular forms. His style is close to Italian futurism, especially in his series of workers on scaffolds.

Fernand Léger studied in Paris, at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. His first works are influenced by Impressionism, but after discovering the work of Paul Cezanne, he shifted towards cubism.

In 1907, he moved to "La Ruche" (artist's studios in Paris), where he met numerous painters, including Paul Cézanne, Braque and Picasso. He was mobilized in 1914for service in the French Army, which marked a break in his work. At the front, he drew in the trenches; he was hospitalized and then sent home in 1917. He got married and moved to Vernon. Mechanical elements become more and more present in his works.

During the 20s he had a very productive period: he had numerous commissions and met many artists including Le Corbusier. He also worked for the cinema. His first big exhibition was held in Chicago in 1935.

At the breaking of World War II, he moved to New York. Many of his friends were also in exile in the US: André Breton, Masson, Tanguy, Ernst, Chagall, Mondrian. He returned to France in 1945, where he joined the Communist Party (with Picasso, among others) and defended ideas such as realism in art.

Fernand Léger was also the Director of painting schools, such as the Montrouge and Montmartre schools, where students such as Louise Bourgeois or Serge Gainsbourg were trained.

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