Léger described this new development in his painting at a lecture at Marie Wassilief's Académie in May 1913: “'The realistic value of a work of art is completely independent of any imitative character,’ he explained. ‘This truth should be accepted as dogma and made axiomatic in the general understanding of painting… Pictorial realism is the simultaneous ordering of three great plastic components: Lines, Forms and Colors… the modern concept is not a reaction against the impressionists' idea but is, on the contrary, a further development and expansion of their aims through the use of methods they neglected… Present-day life, more fragmented and faster moving than life in previous eras, has had to accept as its means of expression an art of dynamic divisionism; and the sentimental side, the expression of the subject (in the sense of popular expression), has reached a critical moment… The modern conception is not simply a passing abstraction, valid only for a few initiates; it is the total expression of a new generation whose needs it shares and whose aspirations it answers'” (quoted in Dorothy Kosinski, ed., Fernand Léger, 1911-1924, The Rhythm of Modern Life, Munich & New York, 1994, pp. 66-67).
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