Fernand Leger — French Artist born on February 04, 1881, died on August 17, 1955

Joseph Fernand Henri Léger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. In his early works he created a personal form of cubism which he gradually modified into a more figurative, populist style. His boldly simplified treatment of modern subject matter has caused him to be regarded as a forerunner of pop art... (wikipedia)

Man needs colour to live; it's just as necessary an element as fire and water.
What does that represent? There was never any question in plastic art, in poetry, in music, of representing anything. It is a matter of making something beautiful, moving, or dramatic - this is by no means the same thing.
This truth must be recognized as a dogma and assume the validity of an axiom in the general understanding of painting.
Enormous enlargements of an object or a fragment give it a personality it never had before, and in this way, it can become a vehicle of entirely new lyric and plastic power.
The realistic value of a work is completely independent of its properties in terms of content.

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