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Fernand Léger
L'ÉQUIPE
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408

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Fernand Léger
L'ÉQUIPE
Estimate
150,000250,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Fernand Léger
1881 - 1955
L'ÉQUIPE
Signed with the initials F.L and dated 44 (lower right)
Gouache on tracing paper laid down on card
14 by 20 in.
35.6 by 50.8 cm
Executed in 1944.
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Provenance

Louis Carré, New York
Doris Rubin, New York (acquired from the above in 1966 and sold by the estate: Sotheby's, New York, May 8, 2008, lot 161)
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale and sold: Sotheby's, Paris, June 3, 2015, lot 18)
Private Collection, Europe (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired from the above

Literature

Jean Cassou & Jean Leymarie, Fernand Léger, Dessins et gouaches, nouvelle édition, 2012, no. 10-612, http://www.legerdessinsetgouaches.com/tableaux/l-equipe (accessed on March 30, 2019)

Catalogue Note

The present work is one of a series of studies Léger created around 1944 for his work La Belle Equipe. The inspiration behind this subject was a film by the French director Julien Duvivier, which was released in 1936 and shared the same title. The socialist message of the film centers around cooperative workers who transcend their individual interests to create a harmonious and effective community.

This work is a representation of this vision of communal harmony, the relaxed poses and easy interaction between the figures suggesting a mutually supportive social order. Léger believed art was a progressive influence on the evolution of society, and sought to project a vision of an idealized society in which the individual has embraced an egalitarian social order. The interlocking composition of this work, in which the spokes of cycles, the limbs of the figures and the branches of the trees seem intertwined, is symbolic of the integration of nature, the individual and industrialized society in Léger's progressive, socialist future.

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