Study for Bonne Pensee du Matin
ArtistFernand Leger (French, 1881 – 1955)
MediumGouache on paper
DimensionsSheet/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 LineGift of Orville C. Beattie
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.