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Les Deux Visages

Les Deux Visages, 1951 by Fernand Leger is an original lithograph print in colors on Arches paper.  This print is signed in the lower right, and numbered in the lower left from the edition of 75.  S.116.

Léger founded the Académie de l’Art Moderne at his studio in 1924 with fellow French Cubist painter Amédée Ozenfant (1886–1966). The Académie lasted until 1939, and during this time he developed Tubism—a style in which human body parts and architectural elements are rendered with three-dimensional shading to look like voluminous tubes and cylinders. Also in 1924, he completed his first film, Ballet Mécanique. Léger relocated to New York to escape World War II, and taught a lecture series at Yale which many artists attended, influencing New York School painters. Léger returned to France in 1946, where he became intensely-involved with the Communist Party. In the 1950s, the series paintings Builders, Campers, and The Big Parade illustrated a concern for the common man, inspired by Léger’s view of electrical workers atop poles. In his effort to have his works seen by the common man he temporarily installed several of the Builders paintings in the canteen at the Renault factory near Paris, where they met mixed reactions. He continued to travel and produce works in various media until his death in 1955.

Alt. Title

Two Faces

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1951

Edition

75

Signature

Signed, numbered

Catalogue Raisonné

S.116

Size 22 x 30 (in)
56 x 76 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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Les Deux Visages, 1951 by Fernand Leger is an original lithograph print in colors on Arches paper.  This print is signed in the lower right, and numbered in the lower left from the edition of 75.  S.116.

Léger founded the Académie de l’Art Moderne at his studio in 1924 with fellow French Cubist painter Amédée Ozenfant (1886–1966). The Académie lasted until 1939, and during this time he developed Tubism—a style in which human body parts and architectural elements are rendered with three-dimensional shading to look like voluminous tubes and cylinders. Also in 1924, he completed his first film, Ballet Mécanique. Léger relocated to New York to escape World War II, and taught a lecture series at Yale which many artists attended, influencing New York School painters. Léger returned to France in 1946, where he became intensely-involved with the Communist Party. In the 1950s, the series paintings Builders, Campers, and The Big Parade illustrated a concern for the common man, inspired by Léger’s view of electrical workers atop poles. In his effort to have his works seen by the common man he temporarily installed several of the Builders paintings in the canteen at the Renault factory near Paris, where they met mixed reactions. He continued to travel and produce works in various media until his death in 1955.

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Alt. Title

Two Faces

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1951

Edition

75

Signature

Signed, numbered

Catalogue Raisonné

S.116

Size 22 x 30 (in)
56 x 76 (cm)
Price Price on Request