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Alma-Tadema and Victorian Painting
in the Pérez-Simón Collection

From 25 June to 12 October 2014 (extended closing date)



Autor:
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Título:
The Roses of Heliogabalus (detail)
Fecha:
1888
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
132.7 x 214.4 cm

Ubicacion:
Pérez-Simón Collection, Mexico

Carmen in Spanish collections

From 7 October until 9 November 2014

Special Collaborative Exhibition. Free entry



Autor:
Pablo Picasso
Título:
Femme de profil à l’éventail, 1964, illustrations for the book Le Carmen des Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and Louis Aragon
Fecha:
1964
Ubicacion:
Fundación Bancaja Collection
© Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

Autor:
Fernand Léger
Título:
The Disc
Fecha:
1918
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
65 x 54 cm
Úbicacion:
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 643 (1976.73)

More information about this work




As with many other artists of his generation, being conscripted during the First World War not only had a profound effect on Fernand Léger’s spirit but also gradually drove him to shun abstraction and return to real objects. However, this return to realism did not occur immediately, and when he was able to take up painting again after a long convalescence following his stay in a Paris hospital, he began a series centred on representing the form of the disc. The incorporation into his compositions of this abstract motif, which was already familiar to him before the war through the non-objective language of Robert and Sonia Delaunay, may be due to his collaboration with Kahnweiler in the publication of J’ai Tué by the Delaunays’ Swiss writer friend Blaise Cendrars , which came out in November 1918 with illustrations by Léger.

The Disc in the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection was executed in October 1918 and was first shown in the artist’s one-man exhibition at Léonce Rosenberg’s Galerie l’Effort Moderne in February 1919. Completed approximately a month before the Armistice, it may be linked to his painting Armistice Day, executed that November, and July 14th, 1918 at Vernon, a slightly earlier work also on a war theme. However, although certain references to movement and the colours of the flags can be found in the present composition, Léger did not intend the disc to represent anything specific; it is simply a pictorial motif of colours and planar forms.

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