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Fernand Léger. Woman with a Book. 1923
Fernand Léger

Woman with a Book

1923
On view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
45 3/4 x 32 1/8" (116 x 81.4 cm)
Credit
Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest
Object number
959.1979
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

“I had broken down the human body, so I set about putting it together again,” Léger said. The smooth surfaces of this volumetric woman, bunch of flowers, and book evoke mechanical parts assembled together. The metallic sheen and tight geometry are stylistic treatments that recur in many of Léger’s paintings of this period. After World War I he recast established subjects and themes—the still-life, the figure, and interior scenes—in simplified forms and primary colors, offering solid, enduring images as France recovered from the devastation of the war.

Gallery label from 2011
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