Fernand Léger. Woman with a Book. 1923

Fernand Léger

Woman with a Book


On view
Oil on canvas
45 3/4 x 32 1/8" (116 x 81.4 cm)
Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest
Object number
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in Painting and Sculpture I, Gallery 7, with 29 other works online.
Fernand Léger has 64 works online.
There are 2,104 paintings online.

“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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