The present work is aesthetically stimulating and inspires reflection on the bold colors, the varying plasticity of the objects, and their compelling arrangement. It does not represent a likeness of the world that surrounds us, but renders the pictorial elements with sharp clarity, using a vivid plane of red for the background, and articulating the pictorial elements' contours with bold, black lines. The colors are fully saturated, voluminous and substantial, creating a work of magnificent visual presence.
The artist explained the essence of his aesthetic as follows: "I apply the law of contrasts... I organize the opposition of contrasting values, lines, and curves. I oppose curves to straight lines, flat surfaces to molded forms, pure local colors to nuances of grey. These initial plastic forms are either superimposed on objective elements or not, it makes no difference to me. There is only a question of variety" (quoted in Edward F. Fry, ed., Fernand Léger: The Functions of Painting, New York, 1973, pp. 24-25).
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