La Joconde aux Cles (Mona Lisa with Keys)
Oil on canvas
Musée National Fernand Léger, Biot, France
One of Lèger’s most experimental canvases, La Jaconde aux Cles is one of the few in which the influence of Surrealism is revealed. Without support, the depicted objects float in space as in the works of Joan Miro. The bizarre juxtaposition of the objects is further evidence of the influence of Surrealism, despite the objects being chosen due to their lack of relation to on another. Lèger considered the painting a success and kept it for himself.
Cubism, Purism, Interwar Classicism
Born: 4 February 1881, Argentan, France
Died: 17 August 1955, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Léger built his reputation as a Cubist but his style varied from decade to decade between figuration and abstraction and showing a wide range of influential sources. He worked in a variety of media including paint, film, ceramic, theatre and dance sets, print, glass, and book arts. Despite his style variations, his work was consistently graphic with a leaning towards primary colours, pattern, and bold shape and form