Lot 332
  • 332

FERNAND LÉGER | Nature morte à la clef

Estimate
18,000 - 25,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • Fernand Léger
  • Nature morte à la clef
  • signed with the initials F.L. and dedicated à Waller, amicalement F Leger (lower right)
  • pen and ink on paper
  • 33.7 by 25.1cm., 13 1/4 by 9 7/8 in.
  • Executed in 1928-29.

Provenance

William Waller, Paris (a gift from the artist)
Private Collection, Baltimore (sale: Rago Arts, New Jersey, 5th November 2016, lot 69)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Literature

'Sélection chronique de la vie artistique, Fernand Léger' in The French Journal, Anvers, 1929, Cahier 5, n.n., illustrated p. 62 (without the dedication and signature)
Maurice Jardot, Léger Dessins, Paris, 1953, n.n., illustrated pl. 29 (without the dedication and signature)

Condition

Executed on cream wove paper, not laid down and hinged to the mount at the upper two corners. The sheet is slightly time-stained and there are two very small repaired tears to the upper edge, and a minor repaired tear to the upper right edge. There is a minor nick to the centre-left edge and a small loss in the lower left quadrant. This work is in overall good condition.
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Catalogue Note

Baltimore artist William L. Waller was significantly influenced by his Paris teacher Fernand Léger. After the Second World War, Waller resigned his Army commission to study and paint in Paris. He obtained a doctorate in aesthetics from the Sorbonne, and studied with Léger from 1948 to 1950. When Léger eventually retired from teaching, Waller held the position of Director at the Académie Montmartre from 1952 to 1954. He had a number of shows in Paris, Provincetown and Baltimore, returning to his hometown in 1954.