拍品 40
  • 40

費爾南·雷捷

估價
300,000 - 400,000 GBP
已售出
905,000 GBP
招標截止

描述

  • 費爾南·雷捷
  • 《火車站》
  • 款識:畫家簽名 F. L. 並紀年18(右下)
  • 水粉、墨紙本

來源

Estate of the artist

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

展覽

Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Fernand Léger, 1956, no. 180

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

出版

Gilles Néret, Fernand Léger, Paris, 1990, no. 97, illustrated p. 94

拍品資料及來源

The formal construction and linear motion of Léger's powerful La Gare exalts the speed and progress of the modern age. This composition of 1918 is from the same series as Les Usines, and its subject touches on a theme that had long been popular with painters of modern life. Beginning with the Impressionists' images of the Gare St.-Lazare and continuing with the Italian Futurists into World War I, depictions of trains and train stations codified the notion of modern life in transit. No other urban setting was filled with more activity than the railway station, and Léger has set out here to capture the bustle, efficiency and motion of this typically modern spectacle. 

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.

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