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Divers, Blue and Black

Fernand Léger (French, Argentan 1881–1955 Gif-sur-Yvette)

Date:
1942–43
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
66 1/4 x 50 1/4 in. (168.3 x 127.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.37
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): 42–43/ F. LEGER
    (verso): Plongeurs en Noir et bleu/ F. Léger–42–43

  • Provenance

    the artist, New York (sold to Valentine); [Valentine Gallery, New York]; [Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, until 1957; sold on February 25, 1957, for $25,000, to Gelman]; Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1957–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "European Artists in America," March 13–April 11, 1945, no. 65 (as "Plongeurs en noir et bleu").

    New York. World House Galleries. "The Struggle for New Form," January 22–February 23, 1957, no. 42 (as "Plongeurs en Noir et Bleu," lent by the Sidney Janis Gallery).

    New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Fernand Léger: Five Themes and Variations," February 28–April 29, 1962, no. 19 (as "The Blue and Black Divers [Plongeurs en noir et bleu]," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Gelman, Mexico, D.F.).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Twentieth Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," December 12, 1989–April 1, 1990, unnumbered cat. (p. 217).

    London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Twentieth Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," April 19–July 15, 1990, unnumbered cat.

    Mexico City. Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo. "La Colección de Pintura Mexicana de Jacques y Natasha Gelman," June 23–October 11, 1992, not in catalogue.

    Martigny. Fondation Pierre Gianadda. "De Matisse à Picasso: Collection Jacques et Natasha Gelman," June 18–November 1, 1994, unnumbered cat. (p. 241).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painters in Paris: 1895 1950," March 8–December 31, 2000, extended to January 14, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 114; as "Divers [Blue and Black]").

  • References

    Daniel Robbins in Fernand Léger: Five Themes and Variations. Exh. cat., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York, 1962, pp. 19, 21, no. 19, ill. p. 34.

    Roberta Bernstein. "Jasper Johns and the Figure: Part One: Body Imprints." Arts Magazine 52 (October 1977), pp. 143–44, fig. 11.

    William S. Lieberman in Twentieth Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S Lieberman Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, p. 16.

    Gary Tinterow in Twentieth Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S Lieberman Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, p. 35.

    Sabine Rewald in Twentieth Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S Lieberman Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 216–17, 303, ill. (color and bw).

    Georges Bauquier, assisté de Irus Hansma, Claude Lefebvre du Preÿ, and Nelly Maillard. Fernand Léger: Catalogue raisonné. Vol. 6, 1938–1943. Paris, 1998, pp. 218–19, no. 1113, ill. (color).

    William S. Lieberman. "Donation Gelman: l'École de Paris au Metropolitan." Connaissance des arts, no. 554 (October 1998), p. 106.

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