Places of interest11 February 2020

The drawings and portraits of Fernand Léger come out of oblivion at Biot [Video gallery]

More known for his cubist paintings, Fernand Léger also produced simple drawings and portraits drawn in ink or pencil. The Biotois museum opens the notebooks of these unknown masterpieces until March 2.

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The exhibition "Draw first" allows you to discover Fernand Léger from another angle. Best known for his contributions to the modern avant-garde movement (alongside Picasso and Braque) Fernand Léger also excelled in portraiture. A mode of artistic expression that he practiced daily. Caricatures of friends, portraits of the body or hands of the beloved woman or even a self-portrait, his pencil or ink drawings go to the essentials. Drawings that reveal a more personal dimension to Fernand Léger's work. These are quite moving and discreetly erotic drawings because this drawing has the advantage of replacing the body of the woman.

Julie Guttierez conservator of the National Museum Fernand Léger

Fernand Léger, committed chronicler of his time

The exhibition runs from 1901 to 1925 and also allows you to discover the painter's commitment. Fernand Léger sketches live scenes from everyday life. The artist who joined the Communist Party pays tribute to the working classes. He represents in one of his drawings, Henri Martin behind bars. This young mechanical led intense propaganda against the war from 1945 to 1950 and was sentenced to imprisonment. This sketch will allow Fernand Léger to produce "Les constructeurs", one of his major works.

"Draw first" at the Fernand Léger National Museum

Chemin du Val de Pome - 06410 Biot

Tel: 04 92 91 50 20

Until March 2, 2020

Judit Neuberger

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