Oil on canvas
92.2 x 65.4 cm (36 5/16 x 25 3/4 inches)
Anonymous gift 81.097
Intensely involved in the development of Cubist style in Paris, Fernand Léger developed a machine-inspired version that conveyed power through the use of mechanical and architectural components. His trademark vocabulary included the use of crisp outlines, bright colors, and densely packed tubular forms. In the 1920s, he often applied his machine esthetic to still-life subjects. In Flowers, overlapping planes and flattened shapes press the composition’s elements against the painting surface to lock them into place in a static yet energetic grid. The curve of the vase and irregularity of the flowers’ sinuous stems suggest a poetic abstraction of nature amid alternating linear patterns and hard-edged blocks of color.(February 6 –May 2, 2004)(November 12, 2004 – March 5, 2005)
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and Collections
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