Sketch for "The Acrobats in the Circus"

Fernand Léger French

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After recuperating from a war injury in 1917, Léger embraced all that Paris had to offer. The Cirque Médrano, a circus permanently housed in Montmartre, was popular at the time, and Léger memorialized it in a major canvas, The Acrobats in the Circus (1918; Kunstmuseum Basel). In this highly finished preparatory oil study, the pencil lines used to square off the composition and transpose it to a larger scale are clearly visible. They also underscore the gridlike structure that became one of the main legacies of Cubism.

Sketch for "The Acrobats in the Circus", Fernand Léger (French, Argentan 1881–1955 Gif-sur-Yvette), Oil on canvas

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