Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reading with Fernand Ledger by k Madison Moore

Reading with Fernand
Inspired by Fernand Ledger

14" x 14" Oil Painting on Canvas

Art with Art Series

To see more paintings in this series


Oh Boy, this took sooo long to do. Everything was fine
lines. I am glad I don't do this all the time. lol!
Even though it took so long to paint I really did enjoy
using all the brilliant reds and colors with the black and
white. They are just so striking together with all the
patterns and stripes. Love the way it turned out.

I wasn't crazy about the original expressions that Ledger
used in his paintings. They all looked so sad and some
had no faces. So I changed all of the faces and many of
the elements for my composition. This is a combination
of elements from four of his paintings with people reading.
Enjoy, "Reading with Fernand"

Joseph Fernand Henri Léger (February 4, 1881 – August 17, 1955) was a French painter, sculptor, and film maker . 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.
Léger was born in Argentan, Orne, Basse- Normandie, where his father raised cattle. Fernand Léger initially trained as an architect from 1897–1899 before moving in 1900 to Paris, where he supported himself as an architectural draftsman.

Léger wrote in 1945 that "the object in modern painting must become the main character and overthrow the subject. If, in turn, the human form becomes an object, it can considerably liberate possibilities for the modern artist." As he explained in a 1949 essay, by allowing the object to replace the subject, "we were able to consider the human figure as a plastic value, not as a sentimental value. That is why the human figure has remained willfully inexpressive throughout the evolution of my work". As the first painter to take as his idiom the imagery of the machine age, and to make the objects of consumer society the subjects of his paintings, Léger has been called a progenitor of Pop Art.


Mary said...

Great lines! You make it look easy but I understand what you mean about how long it must have taken!

Madison Moore said...

Yes, dark against light takes days!
Thanks Mary.
M :)

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