The Orange Vase

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Artist: Fernand Léger, French, 1881-1955
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Oil on canvas
28 3/4 x 36 1/4in (73 x 92.1cm)
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Gift of Mary and Sylvan Lang
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Further information
Using bold colors and strong black outlines, Fernand Léger includes in this still life an orange vase and an abstracted bowl of fruit. A leaf floats between the two, but all other elements, including the background, are abstracted beyond recognition. Léger created the painting later in his life when his interests shifted toward more figurative and simplified forms. He abandoned Cubism as well as Tubism, his iconic style that explored cylindrical forms and mechanization, though strong shapes and a similar color palette remained.
The Sylvan and Mary Lang Collection: An Exhibition on the Occasion of the Opening of the Sylvan and Mary Lang Galleries, March, 1973; 1973; no. 22
Fernand Léger: Catalogue Raisonné; Georges Bauquier; 1990; 1295
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; 118
Signature & date
Signed l.r.: F. Leger
Dated l.r.: 46
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