LEGER by Bob Kessel

“The object in modern painting must become the main character and overthrow the subject. If, in turn, the human form becomes an object, it can considerably liberate possibilities for the modern artist.”

– Fernand Léger


BATHING by Bob Kessel after Leger

Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955) as a young man in France, was apprenticed to an architect, then worked as an architectural draftsman and a photographic retoucher. He studied art at the École des Arts Décoratifs and the Académie Julian in Paris. Along with Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Juan Gris, Léger ranks among the foremost Cubist painters of the teens. Even after the height of Cubism, his paintings continued to utilize pure color and to employ forms that had been simplified into the geometric components of the cone, cube, and sphere. After World War I, when Léger became friends with Le Corbusier and Amédée Ozenfant, who were leaders of the Purist movement in Paris, his work exemplified the “machine aesthetic.”

“ART HISTORY” is an art series by Bob Kessel featuring pictures based on famous artist’s paintings throughout history like the Leger inspired print “BATHING” shown below. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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