Fernand Léger

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Born February 4, 1881(1881-02-04)
Argentan, Orne, France
Died August 17, 1955(1955-08-17) (aged 74)
Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Web Wikipedia
Collections Pompidou 130, MoMA 65, Artic 36, PhilArt 26, Met 24, KM Basel 21, Stedelijk 18, Guggenheim 17, LACMA 15, NGA 14, MiA 13, Tate 12, Beyeler 12, Helene-Bailly 11, V&A 10, MAM 7, Van Abbe 4, Reina Sofia 4, IM Jerusalem 4, Thyssen 4, NGS 4, SG Stuttgart 3, SFMOMA 3, SMK Copenhagen 3, MA Cleveland 3, Guggenheim Venice 2, Kröller-Müller 2, NM Oslo 2, NRW 2, Folkwang 1, Szépművészeti Budapest 1, IMMA 1, KM Hallands 1, KH Zürich 1, Rosenberg & Co 1.

Joseph Fernand Henri Léger (1881–1955) was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. In his early works he created a personal form of cubism which he gradually modified into a more figurative, populist style. His boldly simplified treatment of modern subject matter has caused him to be regarded as a forerunner of pop art.

Writings
  • Functions of Painting, New York: Viking Press, 1973. (English)
Catalogues
Literature
  • Carol S. Eliel, et al., L'Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris, 1918-1925, New York: Harry Abrams, 2001.