Study for Bonne Pensee du Matin


Artist
Fernand Leger (French, 1881 – 1955)
Date
1948
Medium
Gouache on paper
Dimensions
Sheet/image : 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (31.75 x 24.13 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Orville C. Beattie
Object Number
1981.1.8

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Fernand Leger was a major figure in the French avant-garde art world from the early 1900s until his death in 1955.  He worked in many different media—including painting, printmaking, film, sculpture and ceramics—and drew inspiration from a wide range of sources.  This drawing is a study for a book illustration Leger designed in 1948 to accompany a special edition of poems by the 19th-century French poet Arthur Rimbaud.  The enigmatic imagery is Leger’s response to the first stanza of the poem:

     At four o’clock on a summer morning, the sleep of love still lasts.

     Under the arbors the dawn disperses scents of the festive night.

 


Object Type
Painting
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