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Fernand Léger Le Cirque, 1950

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Rome, Italy

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About the work
  • Medium

    Print : lithography

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    17.3 x 13.4 x 1.2 inch

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 280 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Not Signed

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Le Cirque is an original modern rare book illustrated by Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881 - Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) in 1950. Published by Tériade Éditions, Paris. Original edition including 75 original lithographs by Fernand Leger (33 in color and 42 black and white). Edition of 300 copies, numbered and hand signed. The edition was 280 numbered in Arabic numerals and 20 hors-commerce in Roman numerals. This is number 51 from the edition of 280, signed on the colophon. Format: in folio. Cloth chemise and matching slipcase. 111 pages.
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Fernand Léger

France Born in: 1881 Masterpieces
Movement: Cubism

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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