The Fishermen, Fernand Léger
Fernand Léger
The Fishermen
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Fernand Léger

The Fishermen, 1921


Dimensions
60.0 x 91.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2132
Acquisition
Acquired in 1976 as a gift from the Imprimatur Gemeinnützige GmbH Frankfurt am Main and Werner Wirthle
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

Almost thirty years before Ole Kirk Christiansen invented Lego, the French painter and graphic artist Fernand Léger created his group of 'Animated Landscapes', to which 'The Fishermen' also belongs. Three figures reminiscent of Lego people have been placed in a strange technoid setting. Assembled from a small number of basic geometric forms and faceless, their stiff movements remind us more of robots than of people. Léger's chilly representation does not offer the viewer a romanticising view of nature. Instead, his portrayal reflects a new technical dimension encompassing all areas of life.

About the Donation

This painting made its way into the museum in 1976 as a gift from the Imprimatur foundation. The Imprimatur-Stiftung, Gemeinnützige GmbH was founded in Frankfurt in 1957. It owns the simple majority of the Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei GmbH. The foundation supports young journalists and also training positions in the graphics profession in a variety of ways. It also endows a prize for excellent journalistic performance. In 1989 it affiliated with the Fazit-Stiftung.

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Title
The Fishermen
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Oil on canvas
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: F. LEGER 21

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Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1976 as a gift from the Imprimatur Gemeinnützige GmbH Frankfurt am Main and Werner Wirthle

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23.03.2020