Fernand Léger

Les Pistons (The Pistons)

Les Pistons (The Pistons) by Fernand Léger

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Fernand Léger was a painter, draughtsman, illustrator, printmaker, stage designer, film maker and ceramicist. He was one of the most prominent artists working in Paris in the first half of the 20th century, and a pivotal member of the group of avant-garde artists and writers living in Montparnasse. Léger was passionate about machines and machine-parts such as cogs and pistons. He felt they symbolised the strength and power of the modern age. The Auckland Art Gallery has one work on paper by Léger, printed by Jacques Villon, his brother-in-law.

Les Pistons (The Pistons)
Fernand Léger
Production date
oil on canvas
920 x 730 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Julian and Josie Robertson through the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation, 2023
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Other ID
X2009/12/4 Former Exhibition Number
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International Art
Display status
On display

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