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.
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.