Nudes in the Forest
Oil on canvas
Kröller-Muller State Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
Nudes in the Forest was exhibited at the 1911 Salon des Indépendants and is considered Léger’s first major work, showing his break from Impressionism to Cubism. The influence of Paul Cézanne can be seen in Léger’s focus on drawing and form rather than colour.
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