Modern and Contemporary Art
Fernand Léger, French, 1881 - 1955
Oil on canvas
1952-61-58A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952
LabelThis painting captures the staccato rhythms of a modern urban environment, and the broad panorama of its buildings, scaffolding, and bridges. These architectural elements are punctuated by such signs of city life as shop window mannequins, rounded plumes of smoke, and a telephone pole, all rendered in bold, vibrant colors. Léger even included his own initials, "F L," among the array of stenciled letters, evoking the colorful billboard posters of the time.
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