FERNAND LÉGER | LE DÉJEUNER
300,000 - 500,000 USD
(1881 - 1955)
Signed with the initials F.L and indistinctly dated 1 (upper left)
Watercolor, brush and ink and pencil on paper
10¼ by 14⅛ in. (26 by 36 cm)
Framed: 19 by 23 in. (48.2 by 58.4 cm)
Executed in Spring 1921.
The work is in very good condition. Executed on white colored wove paper, not laid down. The sheet is affixed to a mount at two places along the top edge on verso. Left edge is cut; top, right and bottom edges are deckled. The signature and indistinct date at upper left are upside down. Slight mat stain around the perimeter, most noticeable at bottom and right edges. A few pindots of foxing scattered throughout. Medium is well preserved overall, though there may be some minor surface abrasion in the red and mustard colored pigments at center right. On the verso a few pencil inscriptions are visible as well as some skinning to the sheet around the extreme edges, likely from a prior mounting.
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Galerie l'Effort Moderne (Léonce Rosenberg), Paris
The Zwemmer Gallery, London (acquired by 1936 and until circa 1960)
J.P.L. Fine Arts, London (acquired by 1978)
Sale: Sotheby's, London, April 1, 1987, lot 351
Private Collection, Switzerland (and sold: Christie's, New York, May 15 1997, lot 392)
Private Collection, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Private Collection (acquired from the above and sold: Christie's, New York, November 11, 2019, lot 31A)
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Eileen Holding, "London Shows," in Axis, Spring 1936, no. 5, mentioned p. 27, illustrated p. 26
Jean Cassou & Jean Leymarie, Fernand Léger, Dessins et gouaches, nouvelle édition, 2012, no. 3-394, http://www.legerdessinsetgouaches.com (accessed on April 24, 2020)
London, Lefevre Gallery & traveling, Abstract & Concrete, 1936, no. 19 (probably)
London, J.P.L. Fine Arts, Fernand Léger: Drawings and Gouaches 1910-1953, 1978, no. 5 (titled Femme attablée)
London, Annely Juda Fine Art, Abstraction 1910-40, 1980, no. 89, illustrated in the catalogue (titled Femme attablée)