Leger : Modern Art and the Metropolis

Leger : Modern Art and the Metropolis


An insightful look at the dynamic relationship between modern art and modern urban life in 1920s Paris through the lens of Fernand Leger's masterpiece The City

With his landmark 1919 painting The City, Fernand Leger (1881-1955) inaugurated a vitally experimental decade during which he and others redefined the practice of painting in confrontation with the forms of cultural production that were central to urban life, ranging from graphic and advertising design to theater, dance, film, and architecture. This catalogue casts new light on the painting (reproducing all of its studies together for the first time), the avant-garde use of print media, and Leger's fascination with cinema and architecture, and contextualizes a network of international avant-gardes-including Blaise Cendrars, Le Corbusier, Jean Epstein, Piet Mondrian, Amedee Ozenfant, Francis Picabia, and Theo van Doesburg-in relation to Leger. Featuring nearly 250 images of paintings, architectural designs, models, posters, set designs, and film stills and an anthology of relevant historical texts not previously published in English, this handsome volume conveys the spirit of experimentation of the 1920s. Scholars in the fields of art, architecture, and film history offer a deeper understanding of the relationship between art and the modern urban experience that defined this significant chapter in the history of modern art.

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Christian Derouet, Maria Gough, Spyros Papapetros, Anna Vallye, Jennifer Wild
Hardback | 292 pages
241 x 279 x 27.18mm | 1,869g
Publication date
03 Jan 2014
Yale University Press
Publication City/Country
New Haven, United States
Illustrations note
238 color + 11 b-w illus.
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