Fernand Léger. Three Women. 1921-22

Fernand Léger Three Women 1921-22

Floor 5, Collection Galleries

This painting represents a group of three reclining nudes drinking tea or coffee in a chic apartment. While the reclining nude is a common subject in art history, these women's bodies have been simplified into rounded and dislocated forms, their skin not soft but firm, buffed, and polished. The machinelike precision and solidity with which Léger renders human form relates to his faith in modern industry and to his hope that art and the machine age would together reverse the chaos unleashed by World War I.

Gallery label from 2006
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
6' 1/4" x 8' 3" (183.5 x 251.5 cm)
Credit
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Object number
189.1942
Copyright
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture