- Fernand Léger
- Nature morte à la feuille
- Signed F. LÉGER and dated 29 (lower right)
- Oil on canvas
Galerie Tarica, Paris (acquired from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owners
Barcelona, Fundacio Joan Miró, Exposicio Fernand Léger, 2002-03, no. 256
Georges Bauquier, Fernand Léger, Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, 1925-1928, Paris, 1993, no. 537, illustrated in color p. 248
When he painted the present work in the late 1920s, the penchant for Surrealism had reached a fever pitch among the avant-garde. To a certain extent, Léger's pictures from this era incorporated elements of the Surrealist dialectic, like those found in the works of Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp. But as Carolyn Lanchner explains, "Léger aimed for a 'new realism' rather than the kind of exploration of the unconscious pursued by the Surrealists. It was a realism of combining not just the abstract and the representational but several different modes of the representational... The combination of these various modes reflects the artist's growing interest in the aesthetic tastes of the working people. As he had said in 1923, 'It is necessary to distract man from his enormous and often disagreeable labors, to surround him with a pervasive new plastic order in which to live'" (ibid., p. 209).
We know that Léger kept this work in his collection until at least the mid-1940s, as his post-war address is written on the stretcher of this picture. Presumably in the 1950's the picture became a part of the Bourdon collection in Paris, and it was sold by M. Tarica in the late 1960s or early 1970s to the present owners.