Lot 193
  • 193

Fernand Léger

180,000 - 250,000 USD
250,000 USD
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  • Fernand Léger
  • Nature morte (Composition en rouge)
  • Signed F. Leger. and dated 32 (lower right); signed F. Leger, dated 32 and inscribed Nature-morte (on the reverse)
  • Oil on canvas


Galerie Zobrowski, Paris
Ladislas Segy, New York (and sold by the estate: Christie's, New York, May 11, 1988, lot 48)
Acquired at the above sale


New York, Julien Levy Gallery, Documents of Cubism, 1938-39, no. 31 (titled Composition on Red) 


Georges Bauquier, Fernand Léger, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, 1932-1937, Paris, 1996, no. 807, illustrated in color p. 32

Catalogue Note

Léger himself explained the abstract element of his painting: "The realistic value of a work of art is completely independent of any imitative character. 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 Colours...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).