Fernand Léger

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The Parrots (The Acrobats)

1933
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Léger painted many works throughout his career with Acrobats as the subject, trying to capture their dynamism and energy in a static medium. Since childhood Léger had been fascinated by the circus. In an essay he wrote in 1924, the artist said: ‘The Big Top is an absolutely marvellous world. When I am lost in this astonishing metallic planet with its dazzling spotlights and the tiny acrobat who risks his life every night, I am distracted … I am caught up by the strange architecture of coloured tent poles, metallic rods, and ropes that cross each other and sway under the effects of the lights.’
  • Artist Fernand Léger
  • Artwork The Parrots (The Acrobats)
  • Date of work 1933
  • Credit Original: Oil paint on canvas 130 x 162 cm Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Sammlung Beyeler © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018
French painter and designer Fernand Léger, was born in Agentan, Normandy in 1881. His work encompasses cubist and semi-abstract styles, and in his later years he also worked in design for the stage. Léger also became an active advocate for peace, and in 1948 became a founder-member of the National Council of the World Peace Movement.
  • Product Code S21019
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