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Fernand Léger

[French Cubist Painter, 1881-1955]

• Relationships: Léger's students included Sam Francis, William Gear and Tarsila do Amaral.
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The feat of superbly imitating a muscle, as Michelangelo did, or a face, as Raphael did, created neither progress nor a hierarchy in art. Because these artists of the sixteenth century imitated human forms, they were not superior to the artists of the high periods of the Egyptian, Chaldean, Indochinese, Roman, and Gothic art who interpreted and stylized form but did not imitate it.
On the contrary, art consists of inventing and not copying. The Italian Renaissance is a period of artistic decadence.

- Fernand Léger, 1950, quoted in Twentieth-Century Artists on Art


    Fernand Léger Works Online    
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Original works by Fernand Léger available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas

Notable SiteFernand Leger at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
3 works online

Notable SiteGuggenheim Museum, New York City

Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
, 1924

Notable SiteHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
5 works online

Notable SiteFernand Leger at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art Timetable of Art History
2 works online

Notable SiteMusée National Fernand Léger, Biot, France (in French)  

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
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Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston
Drawings collection online

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Many works online

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Three Musicians

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
3 works online

Notable SiteFernand Leger at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Two Women, 1922

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Les Trapézistes [Trapeze artists]

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
The Mechanic

Notable SiteNorton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California

Notable SitePeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Men in the City, 1919

Notable SitePeggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Men in the City, 1919

Notable SiteRéunion des Musées Nationaux, France (in French)  
5 works online

Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio
Untitled, lithograph

Art Collection of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto - Provenance Research
Femme à Genou, ca.1921

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain
The creation of the world

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain

Caixa Galicia Foundation, Vigo, Spain (in Spanish)  
(Works are shown at the right, under "Obras")

Centre Pompidou, Paris (in French)  
Information dossier on the artist

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Nature Morte a la Coupe

Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland
Composition avec des lettres, 1919

Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires (partly in Spanish)  

Hammer Museum, California
Study for La Ville, 1919

Hammer Museum, California
Starfish (L'Étoile de mer), 1936-39

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Information about the 2007 exhibition, "Fernand Léger: Contrasts of Forms"

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington - Provenance Research Project
2 works online

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

Kunsthaus Zurich

Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
Alphabetically under "L"

Fernand Leger in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Database

Manchester City Art Gallery, UK

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Study for Three Portraits

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

Musée de Grenoble, France (in French)  
Le Remorqueur, 1920

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France (in French)  
Les deux femmes au bouquet

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (in Spanish)  

Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil (in Portuguese)  

Museum of Modern Art, New York City - Provenance Research Project
15 works by Leger

Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
Two Profiles, 1926

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
Grand parade with red background

National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Red Cock and Blue Sky, 1953

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida - Provenance Research
The Viaduct (Le Viaduc)

Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy (in Italian)  
(Page forward through works by clicking on "FWW")

Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy (in Italian)  
(Page forward by clicking on "FWW" to find Leger's Cirque)

Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome (in Italian)  

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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9 works by Fernand Léger online

Portland Museum of Art, Maine
Click the last thumbnail for The Wounded

Portland Museum of Art, Maine
Untitled, 1937

Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid (in Spanish)  

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Catalogue (in French)  
Les hélices, 1918

Fernand Leger at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

State Museums of Florence, Italy

State Museums of Florence Digital Archive, Italy

Tate Gallery, London, UK

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
The work isn't visible on the first page; keep clicking "next"

The Albertina, Vienna
2 works online

The Albertina, Vienna
Two Profiles, 1928

The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna (in German)  

The Menil Collection, Texas
La mère et l'enfant (Mother and Child), 1951

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
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University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City

Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany (in German)  

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Artarchiv Sample Artist Signatures
Scroll down to signature 257

Christie's Past Sale Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Lempertz Auction Gallery, Cologne, Germany -- Highlights from Past Sales
Contraste de Formes, 1913

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteFernand Leger at CGFA

Notable SiteFernand Leger at The Athenaeum
11 works online

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
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Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Mondo Mostre, Milan (in Italian)  
Scroll down for 2 works from the 2005 exhibition Masterpieces from the Guggenheim

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

PBase Photo Sharing
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Le Coq, 1950-52

State Hermitage Museum Unofficial Site

University of Michigan SILS Art Image Browser

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Notable SiteFernand Leger in the Museum
Catalog (in progress) of Léger's works in museums worldwide

Art of the First World War

FBI Art Theft Program
La Boite à Chapeau Polychrome

Kubisme (Cubism) (in Dutch)  

Los Angeles Police Department, Art Theft Detail

Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries, London, UK
Archive of past displayed works which are "sold" or "not for sale"

The Androom Archives
La fleur qui marche

The Fine Arts Conservancy, Florida
Interesting before-and-after examples of artwork restorations
La Femme

The Modernist Journals Project
(Click "Retrieve Images" to see artworks)

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Fernand Leger  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia

Oxford Dictionary of Art (eNotes)  

Slate Magazine
"Fernand Léger and his women," article by Christopher Benfey

The Art Story

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Cubist Charlie Chaplin, 1923-24

The New York Observer
"MoMA Gives Fernand Léger the Exhibition He Deserves", article by Hilton Kramer

The Village Voice
"Man Overboard", 1998 article by Peter Schjeldahl (via Artnet)

Time Magazine
"Master of Visual Slang", 1998 article by Robert Hughes

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
Le ballet mécanique, 1924 film by Léger and Dudley Murphy

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
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