Artist: Fernand Léger, (French 1881-1955), signed
Title and date: The Circus, 1953
Image size: 34 x 45 cm
Description: a framed colour lithograph in excellent condition, initialled in the print
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A painter and designer, Fernand Léger was born in Argentan, Normandy. He was apprenticed to an architect at Caen from 1897-9 and moved to Paris in 1900 where he worked as architect’s draughtsman. He also studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and the Académie Julian. He joined the Cubist movement in 1909 and developed a semi-abstract idiom with dynamic contrasting tubular forms.
His first solo exhibition was at the Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris in 1912. He designed sets and costumes for the ballet, and experimented with mural painting. He took refuge in the USA from 1940-5 where made compositions of divers, acrobats and cyclists. He returned to France in 1945 and was active as a painter, sculptor in ceramic, mosaics and stained glass and designer for the ballet. His series of figure paintings of construction workers and the circus date from this time.