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Fernand Léger

(1881-1955)

Aliases: Fernand Léger, Jules Fernand Henri Léger, Fedinand Leger

Painter, Lithographer, Illustrator, Draft draughtsman

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Biography

(b Argentan, France, 1881; d Gif-sur-Yevtt, France, 1955) French painter. Fernand Léger was initially trained as an architect from 1897 to 1899. After his military service in Versailles in 1902-1903, he enrolled at the School of Decorative art, and attended classes at the Beaux-Arts. By age of 25, he began working as a serious painter, and his artwork showed a strong influence of Impressionism. When Léger saw the post-Impressionist compositions at Cézanne's memorial exhibition in 1907, he was astonished by how the artist could reveal the geometry inherent in the body. By 1912, the grip of Cézanne's influence had reached its intensity, propelling Léger into a creative exorcism for the sake of his more avant-garde aspirations. Léger has been associated with various avant-garde movement in Europe in the 20th century, he was one of the first artists who captured the watershed moment when he pushed beyond figuration, an idiosyncratic version of Picasso and Braque’s cubist gesture described by critic, Louis Vauxcelles, as “Tubism” in 1911. In each successful painting, Léger addresses this dichotomy of modernity versus tradition, varying the level of description from picture to picture, and each picture is part of a continuum that illustrated the artist's aesthetic concept at a given point. (Sotheby’s, New York, Impressionist Part I, May 7, 2008, Lot 16)

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Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
F. Leger and R. Brice Abstract Art Pottery Plates
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
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Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Fernand Leger, Leisures on Red Bottom, Poster
by RoGallery
Est: $200- $250
$1200 Bids
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Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Fernand Leger, Composition, Lithograph
by RoGallery
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$1,2000 Bids
Oct 18, 6:00 PM CEST
Fernand Léger - Le French cancan, 1959
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF700- CHF800
CHF4000 Bids
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Fernand Leger, Nature Morte, 1948 Watercolor
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $7,500- $15,000
$3,7500 Bids
Oct 09, 12:00 PM EDT
After Fernand Leger (1881-1955) Serigraph (France)
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Oct 16, 11:00 AM CEST
FERNAND LEGER. BROOCH - PENDANT CIRCA 1950. ENAMELLED GILT METAL. SIGNED "F.L" ON THE FRONT
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €300- €500
€2810 Bids
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CEST
Leger, Fernand
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €140- €200
€1400 Bids
Oct 04, 10:00 AM BST
Fernand Léger (French, 1881-1955)
by Sworders
Est: £500- £800
£4000 Bids
Oct 04, 10:00 AM BST
Fernand Léger (French, 1881-1955)
by Sworders
Est: £500- £800
£4000 Bids

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