- 款識：畫家簽名 F. L. 並紀年18（右下）
Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1969)
Sale: Christie's, London, 9th February 2006, lot 611
Private Collection, Europe (purchased at the above sale. Sold: Sotheby’s, Paris, 1st June 2011, lot 41)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Zurich, Kunsthaus Zürich, Fernand Léger, 1957, no. 158
Dortmund, Museum am Ostwall, Fernand Léger, 1957, no. 68
Baden-Baden, Staatliche Künsthalle, Fernand Léger, Gemälde, Gouachen, Zeichnungen, 1967, no. 33
Madrid, Fundación Juan March, Fernand Léger, 1983, no. 72
Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, Fernand Léger, Œuvres sur papier, 1989, no. 32
Milan, Palazzo Reale, Fernand Léger, 1989-90, no. 73
Villeneuve d'Ascq, Musée d'Art Moderne, Fernand Léger, 1990, no. 79
Paris, Galerie Berggruen & Cie, Fernand Léger, gouaches, aquarelles et dessins, 1996, no. 7
By the time that Léger executed this work, he had already mastered the type of formal abstraction that had taken hold of the salons of Paris. This style, known as Synthetic Cubism, was rooted in abstraction and had come to represent the essence of modernity in the years before the war. Nearly a decade later, Léger felt that the abstraction of Cubism alone was not a sufficient means to represent the environment in which he lived. In post-war Paris he was overwhelmed by the mechanisation of the city – the automobiles, street cars, motorcycles, and, most impressively, the trains that sped along their steel rails at unprecedented speeds.
Léger sought to capture this sense of speed and energy in his works, and for many of his compositions from 1918, he chose to depict the rotating 'discs' of the urban landscape. In La Gare, he is able to capture all the elements that were emblematic of the urban experience, incorporating the very essence of the station – from the stencilled lettering on the side of a locomotive and rail track signals, to perforated sheets of metal, and the movement of pistons against the wheels of the train – in one brilliant pictorial amalgamation.