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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