Three women (Le grand déjeuner), Fernand Léger
Three women (Le Grand Déjeuner), 1921-1922
Oil on canvas,
183.5 x 251.5 cm.
New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. 189.1942 © Adagp, Paris 2015 - Photo © 2015 Digital Image, the Museum of modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence
FERNAND LÉGER – THREE WOMEN (LE GRAND DEJEUNER), 1921-1922
The smooth, metallic roundness of these three powerful, stylized odalisques calls to mind the machine cylinders which had so fascinated Léger since 1914. The carefully arranged composition is structured according to the radical principle of contrast that structures all of Léger’s work: chromatic contrast between black and white and the primary colours, between curves and right angles,and between the commonplace contemporary interior and the timeless figures shown in it.
Argentan 4 February 1881 – Gif-sur-Yvette 17 August 1955.