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The Village

Artist:
Fernand Léger (French, Argentan 1881–1955 Gif-sur-Yvette)
Date:
1914
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
31 1/2 × 39 1/2 in. (80 × 100.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, Purchase, Leonard A. Lauder Gift, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.271
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 908
This painting is one of a series that depicts a small village. Spherical and cylindrical shapes that evoke trees and possibly a town wall encircle the church with buttresses and a bell tower to the right of its facade. In this work, thought to be one of the last paintings he made before World War I was declared, Léger merged the past with the present, depicting historical architecture with the most contemporary means of expression.
Inscription: Signed (verso, lower right): F. L.; dated (verso, upper left): 14
the artist, Paris (probably sold to de Léché); vicomte Alain de Léché, Paris; sold to Arbouin; Maurice Robert André Arbouin, Rouen (by 1926–d. 1955); his widow, Marie-Louise Arbouin, Rouen (from 1955; sold to Kohn-Bonaglia); Angela Kohn-Bonaglia, Paris (until d. 2010); her heirs, Paris (2010; sold in November 2010 to European Fine Arts); [European Fine Arts, Liechtenstein, 2010–13; sold in June 2013 to MMA, with funds donated by Leonard A. Lauder, New York]

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 38.

Irus Hansma and Claude Lefebvre du Preÿ. Fernand Léger: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint. Vol. 10, 1954–1955. Supplément et corrections des volumes précédents. Paris, 2013, p. 98, no. 1647, ill. p. 99.

Carol Vogel. "A Big Gift to the Met Grows Even Bigger." New York Times (September 19, 2013), p. C26, ill.

"Objects Promised to the Museum during the Year 2012–2013." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, One Hundred Forty-third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013 (2013), p. 32.

Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, p. 226.

Dorothy Kosinski in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 164, 166–67, 169, no. 38, ill. p. 168 (color).

Anna Jozefacka and Luise Mahler in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, p. 272.

Kathryn Calley Galitz. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Masterpiece Paintings. New York, 2016, p. 521, ill. (color), colorpl. 434.



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