Friday, September 7, 2012

Reading with Fernand II, Inspired by Fernand Ledger by k Madison Moore

Reading with Fernand
Inspired by Fernand Ledger

14 x 18 Interiors Oil Painting on Canvas

Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

Sold - Commission
Thank you Marion

A couple years ago I did a smaller and
square version of this painting. For this
collector the painting was stretched to 14 x 18
which gave me much more space to add more elements
and colors. 

I really like Ledgers work as he used brilliant
colors and a lot of fine straight lines and details,
some of my favorite things to do. His people
are so cute with their blown up bodies and round

Here's a Ledger Quote:

"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."
He must have loved to read. He did several
paintings of people reading so I used a few 
for reference for this composition.

Of course I changed a few elements since this
one is similar to the first, to make this an original
as well for my collector.
Joseph Fernand Henri Léger (February 4, 1881 – August 17, 1955) 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.

After moving (1900) to Paris he worked as an architectural draftsman and a photographic retoucher and also studied informally at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julien. By 1911, Leger had become a key member of the evolving cubist movement. His personal style of cubism is characterized by tubular, fractured forms and bright colors highlighted by juxtaposition with cool whites -- a decorative scheme that conveys a sense of form in relief.

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More Quotes by Fernand Ledger

Man needs colour to live; it's just as necessary an element as fire and water.

The realistic value of a work is completely independent of its properties in terms of content.

This truth must be recognized as a dogma and assume the validity of an axiom in the general understanding of painting.

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. 

Fernand Leger
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