Three Women

Fernand Léger French

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Blending modernity with enduring forms from the past, the stylized poses and friezelike arrangement of Léger’s Purist-period women were influenced by the Egyptian and Assyrian art he saw at the Musée du Louvre, which had been removed for safety during World War I and reinstalled in January 1919. Léger’s Three Women was reproduced in the January 1921 issue of the periodical L’Esprit Nouveau, the mouthpiece of Purism, where, despite the clearly figurative imagery, it was simply titled Composition.

Three Women, Fernand Léger (French, Argentan 1881–1955 Gif-sur-Yvette), Graphite on white wove paper

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