Still Life

Fernand Léger French

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With few exceptions, the objects on the table defy identification. Léger did not aim for a descriptive rendering of things, but rather, scintillating optical vibrancy. In his studies for the Contrasts of Forms series, Léger transformed traditional chiaroscuro. Instead of modeling with intermediary tones, he juxtaposed strokes of black and white (shadow and highlight) and circumscribed them with black contour lines.

Still Life, Fernand Léger (French, Argentan 1881–1955 Gif-sur-Yvette), Gouache and oil on tan wove paper

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