Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Léger, Fernand

Maud Dale
oil on canvas
100.4 x 79.7 cm (39 1/2 x 31 3/8 in.)
National Art Gallery Washington, DC

Leger, Fernand (1881 – 1955), French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker.
Among the most prominent artists in Paris in the first half of the 20th century, he was prolific in many media and articulated a consistent position on the role of art in society in his many lectures and writings.

In his early works he created a personal form of Cubism which he gradually modified into a more figurative, populist style. After his experiences in the First World War, Léger became convinced that art should be accessible to all. He moved away from pure abstraction towards the stylised depiction of real objects, laying great emphasis on order, clarity and harmony. Léger attracted numerous students to his various schools, and his ideas and philosophy were disseminated by modern artists throughout Europe and the Americas.