FERNAND LEGER: PAINTING IN SPACE. Ed. by Katia Baudin. Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2016. Published by Hirmer Verlag, Munich. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 312 pp. with 280 col. ills. 28 x 23 cm. ISBN 9783777425948 In English.
Publisher's description: Fernand Leger had a lifelong interest in integrating art and architecture in public space, and his works, from The Railway Crossing to The City, are those of an artist who believed that "the goal should be an understanding by all three parties: the wall, the architect, and the painter." Throughout his career, a willingness to experiment and a desire to extend the role of art to altering public space runs through all of his work. Fernand Leger: Painting in Space traces the development of Leger's fascinating four-decade body of work. Trained as an architect, he worked as a draftsman in Paris, where he was a pioneering member of the cubist movement alongside Jean Metzinger, Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, and Henry Le Fauconnier. Over time, Leger's personal form of cubism became increasingly abstract, characterized by figures and objects rendered as machine-like forms. In the 1920s, Leger developed a friendship and fruitful creative dialogue with the architects Wallace Harrison and Le Corbusier, whose ideas would further influence his work, leading to some of his most intensive studies of the interrelationships between painting and space, as well as his highly innovative plans for houses and apartment complexes, ships, and exhibition spaces.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Painting, Several Media
Worldwide Number: 037281
Hardcover $54.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)