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Fernand Léger
DEUX FRUITS ET DES FLEURS JAUNES
Estimate
400,000600,000
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419
Fernand Léger
DEUX FRUITS ET DES FLEURS JAUNES
Estimate
400,000600,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Fernand Léger
1881 - 1955
DEUX FRUITS ET DES FLEURS JAUNES
Signed F. Leger and dated 52 (lower right); signed F. Leger, dated 52 and titled (on the reverse)
Oil on canvas
25 1/2 by 18 in.
64.7 by 45.7 cm
Painted in 1952. 
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Provenance

Elliot K. Wolk, New York (acquired in 1985)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1990

Exhibited

Tokyo, Fuji Television Gallery, Fernand Léger, 1972, no. 7, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Literature

Georges Bauquier, Irus Hansma & Claude Lefebvre du Preÿ, Fernand Léger, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, 1952-1953, Paris, 2013, no. 1487, illustrated in color p. 51

Catalogue Note

Deux fruits et des fleurs jaunes exemplifies Léger's belief that line, color and form are the essential elements that govern a work of art. The artist explored the still life throughout his career, finding beauty and significance in simple, everyday objects.

Speaking at the Museum of Modern Art in 1935, Léger said: "It is, therefore, possible to assert the following: that color has a reality in itself, a life of its own; that geometric form has also a reality in itself, independent and plastic... There was never any question in plastic art, in poetry, in music, of representing anything. It is a matter of making something beautiful, moving, or dramatic—this is by no means the same thing... Commonplace objects, objects turned out in a series, are often more beautiful in proportion than many things called beautiful and given a badge of honor... My objective is to try and establish the following: no more cataloguing of beauty into hierarchies—that is the most clumsy mistake possible. Beauty is everywhere, in the arrangement of saucepans on the white wall of your kitchen, perhaps more there than in your eighteenth-century salon or in official museums..." (quoted in Picasso, Braque, Leger: Masterpieces from Swiss Collections (exhibition catalogue), Minnesota Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 1975, pp. 65-66 & 69).

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