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Category:Paintings
Date:1910s
On View:Stockholm
Artist
Fernand Léger
1881 - 1955
France L'escalier, 1914
Trappan
The Staircase
Oil on canvas
144,5 x 93,5 cm
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Purchase 1950 with contribution from The Giesecke Foundation
NM 4620 On view at Stockholm
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- About the work
Fernand Léger wanted to capture modern life in his art. The Staircase was painted just before the First World War broke out in 1914. In August, he was drafted into the French Army. He wrote that he wanted to find “the maximum expression”. The composition is spiral, and we see the machine-like, armoured figures descending the stairs. These round, metallic shapes were essential to Léger. He coined the word “tubism" (as in tube) for his version of cubism. This painting was inspired by the movement of some dancers the artist had seen. Léger also had a good reputation as a teacher, and had many Swedish students.
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