Fernand Léger: The Original Granddaddy of Pop Art

2 of 3 on our series of the legendary paintings of Fernand Léger

Fernand Léger's work in the 1920s made his international reputation. They combined that certain quality of surrealism and the strong characteristic  of the plain forms which he came to be known for. His work was also associated with Purism and with the De Stijl artists. In 1924, he made the film Mechanical Ballet with renowned artist, Man Ray. The paintings he created in the 1920s were done for architectural settings, they were mainly abstract, while others used simplified motifs.
Fernand Léger
Fernand Léger
Fernand Léger
Fernand Léger, Jazz
Fernand Léger, 1917 - Study of the partica of letters
Fernand Léger, 1954
Fernand Léger, Shell Leaf
Fernand Léger, 1929
Fernand Léger, 1918, Mechanical compositions

Fernand Léger
Fernand Léger, 1923, Fruits and Vegetables, Pear Compotoir
Fernand Léger, 1927, Woman holding a vase
Fernand Léger, Women in an interior, oil on canvas
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Fernand Léger, February 4, 1881 – August 17, 1955

Examples of these sorts were included in Le Corbusier's Pavillon de l'Esprit Nouveau at the Paris Decorative Arts exhibition in 1925. Léger was fascinated with technology, machinery and the increased speed with which modern life was being lived. He translated this fascination into his art by simplifying forms into tubular structures and reducing colors to monochromes, primaries and secondaries. His need to conjure up the intense and unsettling experience of modern life was quite apparent in all his paintings.

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