nach / after Fernand Léger
197,5 x 125,5 cm (77 3/4 x 49 1/2 in.)
monogrammed lower right one of two unique pieces
Léger died in 1955, and thereafter his assistant Georges Bauquier and Léger’s wife Nadia Leger undertook the construction of the Fernand-Léger museum in Biot of which Bauquier was director until 1993. Léger had a special interest in large-scales works that would be placed in buildings, he authorized and supervised the production of sculptures, ceramics and mosaics based on his paintings and drawings already during his lifetime. Following this initiative Bauquier commissioned this mosaic to Heidi Melano after the original painting dated 1927.
Léger was in a way the most figurative of the Cubism movement: the form of the human body is reduced to circles and cylinders creating figures of extraordinary simplicity, consistency and beauty. They reflect the homage to the machine that was one of the leitmotives in his art: Léger’s figures sit between humans and machines, they are a synthesis and a vision at the same time.
after Fernand Léger•Deux femmes aux fleurs sur fond gris
"La grande fleur qui marche", 1952 / cast 2018
bronze with dark green patina
600 x 500 x 200 cms (19 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 6 1/2 ft.)
"Les femmes au perroquet", 1952 / cast 2020
342 x 494 cms (134 3/4 x 194 1/2 in.)
"The Builders (Final Version)", 1950/ 1993
297 x 197 cm (117 x 78 in.)