Painting in Space
Distributed for Hirmer Publishers
Fernand Léger: Painting in Space traces the development of Léger’s fascinating four-decade body of work. Trained as an architect, he worked as a draftsman in Paris, where he was a pioneering member of the cubist movement alongside Jean Metzinger, Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, and Henry Le Fauconnier. Over time, Léger’s personal form of cubism became increasingly abstract, characterized by figures and objects rendered as machine-like forms. In the 1920s, Leger developed a friendship and fruitful creative dialogue with the architects Wallace Harrison and Le Corbusier, whose ideas would further influence his work, leading to some of his most intensive studies of the interrelationships between painting and space, as well as his highly innovative plans for houses and apartment complexes, ships, and exhibition spaces.
With a wealth of full-color illustrations and contributions that yield new insights into Léger’s work, Fernand Léger: Painting in Space offers a remarkable anthology of the artist’s achievements.