L'œuvre Les Loisirs-Hommage à Louis David - Centre Pompidou

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Les Loisirs-Hommage à Louis David

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Crédit photographique : © Audrey Laurans - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
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Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955)

Les Loisirs-Hommage à Louis David

1948 - 1949

Huile sur toile

154 x 185 cm

Achat de l'Etat, 1950

Attribution, 1950

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 2992 BIS P

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Description for the presentation in the National Museum of Modern Art

Here, Fernand Léger glorifies popular leisure activities, and alongside them, the paid vacations granted in 1936 under the Front Populaire.

On his return from New York in 1945, the painter declared that he would come back to “a direct art, comprehensible to everyone”. As a historical painting, Les Loisirs also offers an apology to the sober and hieratic style of the painter Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) – the women’s posture in the foreground is a reference to the painting La Mort de Marat (1793). The stylised figures dressed, for some of them, in the American fashion seem to look straigh...

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