avec un poème d'Aragon et des lithographies de l'auteur.Paris: Français Réunis, 1960 Stock Code: 141242
Léger captures the soul of the cityFirst edition, number 99 of a limited edition of 250. This posthumously published and beautifully produced work, the plates lithographed by the leading Parisian firm of Mourlot under the supervision of the artist's widow, Nadia Léger, is accompanied by Aragon's lengthy poetical tribute. It comprises Léger's vibrant impressions of America, London, Spain, Zurich, Berlin, France, Prague, and Paris.
"Almost sixty years after the publication of Baudelaire's landmark text 'The Painter of Modern Life,' Fernand Léger threw himself into the urban environment, taking in, with close attention and pleasure, the metropolis's spectacle and speed, qualities, it must be noted, that had vastly multiplied since the poet's day. Like Baudelaire, Léger found the essence of the modern in the city, and, as a latter-day incarnation of the 'painter of modern life,' he translated modernity into visual from" (Jodi Hauptman in Carolyn Lanchner (ed.), Fernand Leger, MoMA 1998, p. 73).
Small folio. Loose in the original wrappers printed in sanguine and black.
28 lithographs by Léger, 3 double-page black and white (one of these comprising two separate images), 14 single-page black and white, 10 single-page colour.
Without the slipcase, spine toned, a few short closed tears to spine ends, light signs of handling. A very good copy.
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