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photo:Fernand Leger
Red Cock and Blue Sky

  • Fernand Léger
  • 1881 - 1955
  • Red Cock and Blue Sky
  • 1953
  • Oil on canvas 65.3 x 92 cm
  • Signed and dated lower right: 53 / F. LEGER
  • Donated by Yamamura Family
  • P.1965-10
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After the First World War, Léger's art balanced opposing, or seemingly opposing, realities on the same picture plane. This tension-filled balance could be called contrast, but he has expanded the concept of contrast from a formal objective into a global form. His works seem to depict an ideal, dreamlike world that harmonizes modern industrialized civilization with primitive life. Here we can see his conception of contrast in the combination of blue sky, red rooster, and the fragment of a machine.

(Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

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