PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF A PRIVATE SWEDISH COLLECTOR
Within the present work the interplay and placement of the forms creates a strong sense of movement, emphasised by the bright plane of red in the background that adds vibrancy to the work. As Léger describes, ‘I placed objects in space so that I could not place an object on a table without diminishing its value. I selected an object, chucked the table away. I put the object in space, minus the perspective. Minus anything to hold it there. I then had to liberate colour to an even greater extent’ (quoted in Dora Vallier, ‘La Vie Fait l’œuvre de Fernand Léger' in Cahiers d’Arts, no. 2, Paris, 1954, pp. 152 – 53). In the present work, the forms appear to be floating, orbiting around each other free from any natural setting. Lines, planes and volumes coexist harmoniously in Composition sur fond rouge and are presented to the viewer from multiple perspectives, creating a lively and engaging composition.
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