Exhibitions/ Art Object

Drawing for "The Card Game"

Artist:
Fernand Léger (French, Argentan 1881–1955 Gif-sur-Yvette)
Date:
1917
Medium:
Graphite and ink on off-white wove paper; subsequently mounted to paperboard
Dimensions:
20 3/4 x 14 7/8 in. (52.7 x 37.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, Gift of Leonard A. Lauder, 2016
Accession Number:
2016.237.19
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Card games were one of the few ways that soldiers could distract themselves from the monotony and misery of their daily lives during World War I. Léger had dug trenches on the frontline, and a sense of his claustrophobic cramped quarters is reflected in this drawing of a tubular machine-man, whose left arm is bent as if holding cards or at least shielding them from view. On December 5, 1917, Léger sold this drawing, along with additional studies and the final oil painting The Card Game (1917; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo) to his new dealer Léonce Rosenberg. It was Léger’s first major sale since the war had begun.
Inscription: Signed and titled (lower right): dessin pour 'La partie de carte' / Fragment. / FLeger
the artist, Paris (1917; sold on December 5, 1917 as "Nature morte" for Fr 50, to Rosenberg); [Galerie L’Effort Moderne (Léonce Rosenberg), Paris, 1917–37; possibly inv. no. 5094, 5095, or 5096; sold in December 1937 for £4, to Cooper]; Douglas Cooper, London (1937–d. 1984; estate no. DC 84/85; his bequest to McCarty Cooper); his partner and adopted son, William McCarty Cooper, London (1984–86; sold in November 1986 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (1986–13) transferred on April 8, 2013 to the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust, New York); The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust (2013–16; gift to MMA)

Mayor Gallery. "Fernand Leger, Period 1912–1916," June 1938, no. 21 as 1916.

London. Tate Gallery. "Fernand Léger: An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, Lithographs and Book Illustrations," February 17–March 19, 1950, no. 52.

Leeds. City Art Gallery. "Fernand Léger: An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, Lithographs and Book Illustrations," April 1950, no. 44.

Kunstmuseum Basel. "Douglas Cooper und die Meister des Kubismus," November 22, 1987–January 17, 1988, no. 33.

London. Tate Gallery. "Douglas Cooper and the Masters of Cubism," February 3–April 4, 1988, no. 33.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Picasso, Braque, Léger, Gris: Drawings from the Douglas Cooper Collection," June 16–July 31, 1988.

Houston. Museum of Fine Arts. "Picasso, Braque, Gris, Léger: Douglas Cooper Collecting Cubism," October 14–December 30, 1990, no. 32.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Picasso, Braque, Gris, Léger: Douglas Cooper Collecting Cubism," January 31–April 21, 1991, no. 32.

Boston. Museum of Fine Arts. "Facets of Cubism," December 7, 2005–April 16, 2006, not in brochure.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 39.

Fernand Leger, 1912–1916. Exh. brochure, Mayor Gallery. London, 1938, no. 21.

Douglas Cooper. Fernand Léger et le nouvel espace. Geneva, 1949, pp. 52, 190, ill. p. 66, as 1916.

Fernand Léger: An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, Lithographs and Book Illustrations. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery. London, 1950, unpaginated, no. 52.

Bradley J. Nickels. "Fernand Léger: Paintings and Drawings, 1905–1930." PhD diss., Indiana University, 1966, p. 167, fig. VI–29, p. 185.

Christopher Green. Léger and the Avant-Garde. New Haven, 1976, pp. 133–34, pl. 83, as "Soldat assis,".

Christopher Green in Fernand Léger, 1881–1955. Exh. cat., Staatliche Kunsthalle Berlin. Berlin, 1980, ill. p. 132, as "Soldat assis,".

Dorothy M. Kosinski. Douglas Cooper and the Masters of Cubism. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Basel. Basel, 1987, pp. 112, 115, 131 n. 120, p. 207, no. 33, ill. p. 114.

Dorothy M. Kosinski. Picasso, Braque, Gris, Léger: Douglas Cooper Collecting Cubism. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, 1990, pp. 14, 52 n. 56, p. 61, no. 32.

Christian Derouet, ed. Correspondances Fernand Léger–Léonce Rosenberg, 1917–1937. Paris, 1996, p. 22, letter 4, p. 259, possibly inv. no. 5094, 5095, or 5096.

"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. 46.

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, pp. 175–79, no. 39, ill. p. 178 (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, figs. 39 (in Ref. Cooper 1949), 77 (installation photo, Exh. Houston 1990).



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