Drawing for "The Staircase"

Fernand Léger French

Not on view

Like the other Contrasts of Forms gouaches displayed here, this work is related to a finished painting, in this case The Staircase (Second State) (1914; Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid). Stairs were a favorite motif of Léger, in part because of the implied sense of movement in the patterned repetition of steps. The black-and-white ovals at center represent the heads of the humanoid figures, walking up and down, their limbs churning like gears. Léger’s interest in depicting motion made him close in spirit to the Italian Futurists.

Drawing for "The Staircase", Fernand Léger (French, Argentan 1881–1955 Gif-sur-Yvette), Gouache and oil on tan wove paper

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