Saturday, October 24, 2015
GrandPop of Pop
Fernand Leger (1881-1955), La Femme Au Chat, 1955, o/c, 25 1/2 x 36 1/4"
My recent romp through a few new tech gadgets put me in mind of the French artist Fernand Leger. The Impressionists flirted with statements about technology, but Leger was one of, perhaps the first to directly address the human and social effects as well as the scientific understandings that accompanied it. Along with several other French artists and painting colleagues at the 1910 Salon d' Automne Leger was definitely the first to introduce Cubism to the public eye. 2
Over the years Leger's conical and tubular forms with patches of primary colors became more streamlined and figurative with (often playful and humourous) populist images. So much so that he is now seen as the forerunner of Pop Art.
1 Sold at Christie's London, 18 June, 2007 fetching $2,702,084.
2 La Femme en Bleu(Woman in Blue), 1912, oil on canvas, 193 x 129.9 cm, Kunstmuseum Basel. Exhibited at the 1912Salon d'Automne, Paris