Size: 20.25 x 27.75 inches
Artist: Fernand Léger (After)
Joseph Fernand Henri Léger, or Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955) was a French painter, filmmaker and sculptor known for creating a "personal form" of cubism that was later refined into a popular aesthetic that is said to be a precursor to the pop art movement. His unique approach to cubism was once referred to as "Tubism" for his prolific use of cylinders in the painting "Nudes of the Forest". His style became increasingly abstract, beside Leger's time in the Communist Party where his work was oriented around depicting the common man. Despite this phase, Léger's aesthetic is consistently bold, colourful and abundant.
This is a poster for an exhibition of Léger's at the Galerie Beyeler in 1969. The Beyeler Foundation is a museum crafted from the private collection of Hildy and Ernst Beleyer, located in Basel, Switzerland. The Galerie Beyeler was born when Ernst Beyeler took over a tiny print-and-book shop in Basel, and through this he would become one of the world's most influential art dealers. It is in fact his acquisition of a Léger painting "Forms in Contrast" that set a record in 1989, purchased for $14.7 million.