Exhibitions/ Art Object

Two Figures in the City

Artist:
Fernand Léger (French, Argentan 1881–1955 Gif-sur-Yvette)
Date:
1924
Medium:
Graphite on tan wove paper
Dimensions:
10 3/4 × 14 3/4 in. (27.3 × 37.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, Gift of Leonard A. Lauder, 2016
Accession Number:
2016.237.21
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
The two dapper figures in this drawing are said to depict the dealer Léonce Rosenberg and Léger himself, although it is difficult to confirm, given the generic treatment of the faces. The rounded forms representing tree foliage (or smoke) behind the men and the puffy shrub (or perhaps the coiffure of a woman walking by) in the foreground interrupt the modular scheme of the scene.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): FL 24
(verso): outline of the composition on the recto, impressed into the paper in a transfer process from another similarly sized graphite drawing of the same subject

Marking: watermark: [DES]SIN J.M.A. DESSIN
private collection, Paris; Collection Masurel, Lille; [Galerie Zlotowski and Galerie Le Minotaure, Paris, until 2003; sold on June 3, 2003 to Friedman]; [Barry Friedman Ltd., New York (2003–4; sold in January 2004 to Lauder]; Leonard A. Lauder, New York (2004–13; transferred on April 8, 2013 to the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust); The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust, New York (2013–16; gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 47.

"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.

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, pp. 231–32, fig. 102 (verso, with outline of the composition on the recto, impressed into the paper in a transfer process from another similarly sized graphite drawing of the same subject).

Carol S. Eliel in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 220–21, 321(2)nn.14–16, no. 47, ill. p. 219 (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. 276.



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