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Fernand Leger
Nude Model in the Studio (Le modèle nu dans l’atelier)
Oil on burlap

50 5/8 x 37 3/4 inches
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Excerpt from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:

Fernand Léger
Nude Model in the Studio (Le modèle nu dans l’atelier)

Art historian and critic Michel Seuphor proclaimed that 1912 was “perhaps the most beautiful date in the whole history of painting in France.” That year marked the culmination of Analytic Cubism in the work of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque as well as the maturation of Fernand Léger’s idiosyncratic Cubist style, as manifested in his lively painting The Smokers. All three artists were inspired by Paul Cézanne in their quest for a means by which to accurately describe three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional canvas. By breaking the represented figures or items into series of splintered planes and rendering them against—or within—a similarly faceted background, they created an entirely integrated space in which field and object interpenetrate one another. Of the three painters, Léger developed a vocabulary of more precisely delineated forms—his fragmented units are larger, arcs predominate, and color prevails.

Continued, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


Fernand Léger, French, (1881–1955)
b. February 4, 1881,  Argentan, France
d. 1955

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