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Fernand Leger


Color lithograph on Arches paper

Fernand Leger (1881-1955, French) "Nature morte aux fruits," 1948 Color lithograph on Arches paper Edition 49/75, signed in pencil lower right: F. Leger, numbered in pencil lower left, Arches watermark lower center Sheet: 19.75" H x 25.75" W; Image: 13.5" H x 18" W Literature: Saphire, 18 Notes: Fernand Leger embraced the tenants of cubism while retaining recognizable forms, creating what he termed "tubism." His approachable, populist aesthetic has often been interpreted as aligning with his socialist political leanings, which became more entrenched following the Second World War. Colorful, robust and animated, Leger's familiar style is readily apparent in the present lithograph. As a choice of subject, the still life pays homage to the history of art, recalling the Dutch still life tradition, while also evoking Cezanne's experiments with the abstraction of form. Leger also harkens back to similar nature morte aux fruits subjects by Picasso and fellow members of the twentieth-century avant-garde.