Known for his bold forms, geometric contrasts, and enduring interest in the working class, French painter Fernand Léger has had a tremendous influence on cubism, constructivism, and the contemporary advertising poster. While inseparable from the legacies of other famed cubists, Léger truly defined his own aesthetic language through his depictions of machines and modern technology coupled with a vibrant use of color. With an introduction by renowned twentieth-century art scholar Kenneth E. Silver, this limited-edition volume, part of Assouline’s Ultimate Collection, features a curated selection of his iconic pieces hand-glued to each page and displayed in exceptional fashion—for a lasting keepsake of Léger’s extraordinary oeuvre.

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About the author

Kenneth E. Silver is Professor of Modern Art at New York University, Adjunct Curator of Art at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, and a contributing editor to Art in America magazine. He is the author of numerous award-winning books and articles, including Esprit de Corps: The Art of the Parisian Avant-Garde and the First World War (1989) and Making Paradise: Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera (2000). His exhibition Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany 1918–1936 (Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, 2010–2011) was named “Best Art Exhibition 2010” by New York magazine, and its catalog was picked as one of the “100 Notable Books of 2010” by the Times Literary Supplement.

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