After Fernand Léger (1881-1955) Visage à une main fond ocre Painted and glazed ceramic relief, circa 1950, titled and numbered 124/250 with the 'Musée National F. LEGER_BIOT' stamp verso, France, in very good condition445 x 307mm. (17 1/2 x 12 1/8in.)

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Lot 62AR
After Fernand Léger
(1881-1955)
Visage à une main fond ocre

Sold for £ 12,750 (US$ 15,450) inc. premium
After Fernand Léger (1881-1955)
Visage à une main fond ocre (cf. Saphire 111)
Painted and glazed ceramic relief, circa 1950, titled and numbered 124/250 with the 'Musée National F. LEGER_BIOT' stamp verso, France, in very good condition

445 x 307mm. (17 1/2 x 12 1/8in.)

Footnotes

  • Fernand Léger was a painter, printmaker and sculptor, who developed a strong visual language of shape and colour to interpret his view of modern life and is perhaps best known for his distinctive brightly coloured subjects outlined in black. He liked to experiment with other media including book illustrations, stained glass and ceramics.

    In 1949 he began working in collaboration with the ceramicist Roland Brice at Biot, near Antibes. Léger conceived the designs and Brice produced the moulds which were then shaped and coloured by Léger. The designs were partially inspired by motifs already used in his paintings and prints, with two favourite subjects being the circus and head of a woman. These two ceramic reliefs show his use of vibrant colours to contrast with the white glazed ceramic of the figures and black lines to emphasize the three dimensionality of the work.

    Shortly after Léger's death in 1955, his wife Nadia built the Musée national Fernand Léger in Biot, which now houses the French national collection of his work, including several ceramic pieces.


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After Fernand Léger (1881-1955) Visage à une main fond ocre Painted and glazed ceramic relief, circa 1950, titled and numbered 124/250 with the 'Musée National F. LEGER_BIOT' stamp verso, France, in very good condition445 x 307mm. (17 1/2 x 12 1/8in.)
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