The Siesta

Fernand Léger French

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Despite Léger’s commitment to the modern machine age, his images of monumental female nudes, languishing in closed interiors, are decidedly old-fashioned. Here, a strangely disjointed nude is shown reclining behind two standing figures. Their skirts blend to form a fluted column, a favorite motif of the Purists, used variously as a building, a drinking glass, or drapery folds. Variations on the same composition dominated Léger’s postwar image making. His precise, uniform modeling and use of a drawing compass and ruler were techniques that denied the individuality of the artist’s hand in favor of standardized application.

The Siesta, Fernand Léger (French, Argentan 1881–1955 Gif-sur-Yvette), Graphite on tan wove paper

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