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Fernand Léger Art

Fernand Léger (France, 1881-1955)

A painter as well as a filmmaker, illustrator, stage-set designer, ceramicist and printmaker, Fernand Léger was one of the most prolific artists of the first half of the 20th century. His early mature work as a Cubist was marked by the use of bold colors and contrasts and a visual vocabulary inspired by industrial technology. In his later career, Léger turned to idiomatic, almost naïve depictions of human figures, in a belief that his work should be accessible to ordinary people and relevant to their lives.

     Born in Normandy, the son of a cattle trader, Léger worked as an architectural draftsman in Paris while studying art. By 1908 he was a member of an artistic circle that included Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, and the poet Guillaume Appolinaire, and through them he became connected to the Cubists. As opposed to the flat planes and neutral hues seen in the paintings of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Léger’s Cubist abstractions were devised with vivid colors and forms that had dimensionality. Soon after his army service in World War I — he was gassed at the Battle of Verdun — Léger entered his “mechanical” period. Convinced that technology would improve the human condition, he painted compositions of tubular shapes and cylinders that are reminiscent of machine parts. In other work, Léger sought to capture the bustle and brio of modern life with references to railroad stations, factories, street signs and billboards.

     Léger had also emerged from the trenches with a deep concern to make his art engage the sorts of men and women he had met during the war. He sought to bring his work to a wider audience through film, theater sets and book illustrations. In the 1920s, influenced by Purism — a variant on Cubism that promoted a simpler and more direct approach to forms and compositions — Léger produced a series of paintings depicting everyday objects: a soda siphon, an accordion, a guitar and vase. The human figure returned to his work. By 1930, pure abstraction disappeared almost completely from Léger’s art in favor of simple studies of people. Their boldly outlined forms, placed against a bright background, can be regarded as an assemblage of parts — yet in these representations of dancers, acrobats and folks on bicycles, Léger seems to be articulating a kind of kinship and affection. You will see from the works on offer why Fernand Léger is often regarded as the warmest and most humane of the great modern artists.

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Profil, Vase et Clef
By Fernand Léger
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A work by Fernand Leger. "Profil, Vase et Clef" is an abstract, pen & ink on cardstock by modern artist Fernand Leger. Provenance: Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris; Galerie Beyeler, Bas...
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1920s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Ink, Paper

Nature morte au vase bleu
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1951 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 60/75 Publisher : Galerie Louise Leiris (Paris) Catalog : Sapphire 114 50.00 cm. x 65.00 cm. 19.69 in. x 25.59 in. (...
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Composition aux deux oiseaux
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1954 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered on 75 Publisher : Galerie Louise Leiris (Paris) Catalog : Sapphire 134 50.00 cm. x 65.00 cm. 19.69 in. x 25.59 in. (...
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Femme Couchee
By Fernand Léger
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A work by Fernand Leger. "Femme Couchee" is an abstract, figurative charcoal on paper depicting a nude woman by Modern artist Fernand Leger. Signed lower right, "FL 12." Provenance: ...
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1910s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Paper, Charcoal

La femme et la fleur
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
Signed and numbered in pencil; stamp signed and dated
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20th Century Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

The Couple
By Fernand Léger
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Artist: Fernand Leger (French, 1881-1955) Title: The Couple Medium: Lithograph on Vellum Signed: Plate Signature Year of Work: 1955 Dimensions: Framed 33 x 28" Unframed 27 x 21" Thi...
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1950s Cubist Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph, Vellum

l'Oiseau rouge dans le bois
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Aquatint, 1953 Handsigned by the artist in pencil 40/125 Printed and Published by Lacouriere, Paris Catalog Saphire E19 56.00 cm. x 76.00 cm. 22.05 in. x 29.92 in. (paper) 45.00 cm...
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1960s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Engraving

Nature morte à la Coupe de Fruit - Original Lithograph by F. Léger - 1950s
By Fernand Léger
Located in Roma, IT
Still Life is an original color etching realized by Fernand Léger (1881-1955). Original title: Nature Morte à la Coupe de fFuit Hand-signed by the artist on the lower right. Number...
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1950s Cubist Fernand Léger Art

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Etching

Fernand Leger-Composition (The Typographer)-78" x 47.75"-Poster-2014-Modernism
By Fernand Léger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Fernand Leger-Composition (The Typographer)-78" x 47.75"-Poster-2014-Modernism-Multicolor
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2010s Fernand Léger Art

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Offset

Sculptures Polychromes by Fernand Leger - modern lithograph (abstract parrot)
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
This lithographic poster featuring the image of Fernand Leger's color lithograph 'The Parrot' was used for the 1953 exhibition of colored sculptures by the artist at the Galerie Loui...
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1950s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Untitled Composition (Rope and Bucket)
By Fernand Léger
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Presented by 'ACA Galleries' for Market Art & Design Ref: 1003
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20th Century Fernand Léger Art

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Watercolor, Pencil

Untitled Landscape
By Fernand Léger
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Presented by 'ACA Galleries' for Market Art & Design Ref: 1003
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20th Century Fernand Léger Art

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Watercolor, Pencil

Musée Cantini by Fernand Leger lithographic poster
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
This lithographic poster was printed in 1966 at the Atelier Mourlot in Paris to promote an exhibition of Leger's works at the Musée Cantini in Marseille in the summer of 1966. Leger ...
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1960s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

"Les Loisirs Sur Fond Rouge" Lithograph Red Blue Yellow and Green
By Fernand Léger
Located in Detroit, MI
This brilliant colored lithograph on paper is the perfect example of Leger's populist style. It captures his bold use of color to depict the leisure activities of the working-class. ...
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1940s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

"Femme sur fond juane" Abstract Lithograph with Colors and Nude Female
By Fernand Léger
Located in Detroit, MI
"Femme sur fond juane" is a Mid-Century Lithograph that incorporates both a Cubist style nude female and an abstract sculpture as her companion. Both contemplate each other while the...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph, Paper

From the Series "La Ville"
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
This lithograph was printed at the Atelier Mourlot in Paris in 1959 and is a part of the "La Ville" portfolio. It is annotated "Epreuve de l'atelier Mourlot / Lith. de F. Leger" bene...
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1950s Post-War Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

La Piscine (The Pool) From the Series "La Ville" by Fernand Leger
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
This lithograph was printed on arches paper at the Atelier Mourlot in Paris in 1959 and is a part of the "La Ville" portfolio. It is annotated "BAT pour Madame Léger" beneath the ima...
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1950s Post-War Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Fernand Leger-Les Musiciens-15" x 22"-Lithograph-1960-Modernism-Multicolor
By Fernand Léger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
First edition double page lithograph published in page 10,11 of Derriere le Miroir (DLM) No. 119. With fold line down the center as issued.
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20th Century Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Fernand Leger-Dessins et Gouaches-26" x 19"-Lithograph-1958-Modernism-Black
By Fernand Léger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lithograph printed by Mourlot for an exhibition of Leger's work at Galerie Louise Leiris.
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20th Century Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Fernand Leger-Le Jeu (The Game)-30" x 22"-Lithograph-1986-Modernism-Yellow
By Fernand Léger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lithograph on ARCHES paper. The print is plate-signed "F.L." (Fernand Leger). This is a reproduction of the original lithograph made in 1948. Plate signed, not numbered.
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20th Century Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Album de 10 sérigraphies
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1951 Edition : 57/200 Publisher : Guilde internationale de la Gravure (Genève) Printer : Jean Bruller (Paris) Catalog : Sapphire E7 56.00 cm. x 38.00 cm. 22.05 in. x 14....
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Composition aux dominos
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Stencil, 1947 Publisher : Guy Spitzer (Paris) Catalog : Sapphire E20 88.00 cm. x 70.00 cm. 34.65 in. x 27.56 in. (paper) 64.00 cm. x 49.00 cm. 25.2 in. x 19.29 in. (image) Artist p...
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1940s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Stencil

Wall Composition
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1951 Edition : 40/50 Catalog : Sapphire 107 50.40 cm. x 65.50 cm. 19.84 in. x 25.79 in. (paper) 27.00 cm. x 54.00 cm. 10.63 in. x 21.26 in. (image) Handsigned by the ar...
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Construction
By Fernand Léger
Located in Paris, FR
Serigraph, 1954 Edition : 53/200 Catalog : Sapphire E6 38.00 cm. x 56.00 cm. 14.96 in. x 22.05 in. (paper) 25.00 cm. x 28.00 cm. 9.84 in. x 11.02 in. (image) Handsigned by the arti...
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1950s Abstract Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Chair, Hat And Cow In a Landscape - Original Lithograph by F. Léger - 1950s
By Fernand Léger
Located in Roma, IT
Chair, Hat And Cow In A Landscape is an original color lithograph realized by Fernand Léger (1881-1955). Original title: Chaise, chapeau et vache dans un paysage The artwork is a c...
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1950s Contemporary Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Still Life - Original Lithograph by F. Léger - 1951
By Fernand Léger
Located in Roma, IT
Still Life is an original color lithograph realized by Fernand Léger (1881-1955) and published by éditions Falaize, Paris, 1951. With the additional values of the blue ink signatu...
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1950s Contemporary Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Le Cirque.
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
LÉGER, Fernand. Le Cirque. Illustrated with 75 lithographs by Léger, of which 33 are printed in colour and 42 in black (unsigned). Folio, 440 x 340, bound in a recent cloth chemis...
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1950s Fernand Léger Art

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Paper

Fernand Leger-Museum Morsbroich-29.75" x 22.25"-Lithograph-1955-Modernism-White,
By Fernand Léger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper breaks present in the top left and right areas of the print.
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20th Century Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

La Grande Parade - Original Lithograph by F. Léger - 1960s
By Fernand Léger
Located in Roma, IT
La Grande Parade is an original colored lithograph and stencil on Arches vellum realized by Fernand Léger. Signed on the plate and countersigned by Nadia Léger (wife of the artist)....
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1960s Contemporary Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Fernand Leger-Museum Morsbroich-12.5" x 9.25"-Lithograph-1959-Modernism
By Fernand Léger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Printed by Mourlot for ‘Art in Posters" by Sauret (1959) after the original poster #35
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20th Century Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Fernand Leger-Nature Morte Au Pomme-19.25" x 22.5"-Poster-Modernism-Multicolor
By Fernand Léger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Offset lithograph on Stonehenge Paper, the print is signed in the plate by F.L. (Fernand Leger). This is a reproduction of the original lithograph made in 1948. This was printed by A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Fernand Léger Art

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Offset

Composition Mécanique by FERNAND LÉGER - Early work on paper by Cubist master
By Fernand Léger
Located in London, GB
Pen, ink and pencil on paper 27.1 x 21.2 cm (10 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches) Signed and dated lower right, F.L. 1918 Provenance Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris Kunsthalle, Basel Saidenberg Gallery,...
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20th Century Cubist Fernand Léger Art

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Ink, Pen, Pencil

Fernand Léger - Flowers - Original Lithograph
By Fernand Léger
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Fernand Léger - Flowers - Original Lithograph Conditions: excellent 32 x 24 cm 1951 XXe siècle, San Lazzaro Joseph Fernand Henri Leger was born in 1881 in Argentan, France. He appre...
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1950s Abstract Geometric Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Pleasant Thoughts for the Morning
By Fernand Léger
Located in London, GB
FERNAND LÉGER 1881-1955 Argentan 1881-1955 Paris, Gif-sur-Yvette (French) Title: Pleasant Thoughts for the Morning Bonne Pensée du Matin, from: Les Illuminations, 1948 Technique:...
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1940s Fernand Léger Art

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Ink, Watercolor

Marie l'Acrobate
By Fernand Léger
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A color lithograph by Modern artist Fernand Leger. "Marie l'Acrobate" is executed primarily in reds, beiges and blues and depicts a woman in a choker necklace. Signed in pencil lower...
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1940s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Statuette au Vase Jaune
By Fernand Léger
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Fernand Leger, French (1881 - 1955) Title: Statuette au Vase Jaune Year: circa 1949 Medium: Gouache on Paper, dedicated (a Nicole) l.r. Size: 5 x 5 in. (12.7 x 12.7 cm) Frame...
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1940s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Gouache

Liberté j’écris ton nom.
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
Éluard, Paul. Liberté j’écris ton nom. Paris (Seghers), [1953]. Folding broadside (leporello), with continuous color silkscreen by Fernand Léger, integrated with text, extending th...
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1950s Cubist Fernand Léger Art

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Screen

Head and Plant
By Fernand Léger
Located in New York, NY
Lithograph titled Head and Plan by Joseph Fernand Henri Leger, signed F.L. in the plate. Leger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. In his early works he created a personal...
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1950s Contemporary Fernand Léger Art

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Lithograph

Femmes et Enfants a l'Accordeon
By Fernand Léger
Located in Palm Desert, CA
original serigraph image: 18 x 13 3/8 sheet: 21 7/8 x 14 7/8 in. Signed in pencil lower right, “FLeger”. Numbered in pencil lower left, "33/200". "F.L.50.5"1 on lower right corner...
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1950s Modern Fernand Léger Art

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Color

Radio Song
By Fernand Léger
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an orignal numbered lithograph by French artist Fernand Leger. Originally acquired at an Los Angeles gallery exhibition of Leger's lithography in 1961, this is the firs...
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1950s Cubist Fernand Léger Art

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