Fernand Léger, "Beauty is everywhere"
The Centre for Fine Arts Brussels is dedicating an exhibition to Fernand Léger, an exceptional witness of his age; this exhibition has just opened and will run until 3 June 2018. The exhibition includes some 60 paintings and a number of documents. It is based on themes, considering the facets of the painter's career one by one.
Exceptional loans from the Centre Pompidou, the National Museum for Modern Art and other major institutions allow this theme-based exhibition to showcase the artist's tireless attempts to reinvent painting by taking it beyond the confines of its frames. The exhibition also stresses the continued relevance of his painting, attempting to reconcile the demands of a new form of visual arts with a truly popular dimension.
Fernand Léger was born on 4 February 1881 in Argentan, Orne. He showed a talent for drawing and in 1900 moved to Paris, where he attended the École des Arts décoratifs and the Académie Julian. He became part of the Paris artistic community in the Montparnasse district (his studio was first on Avenue du Maine and then in La Ruche). After his first figurative paintings inspired by Impressionism, Cézanne and Cubism, Léger created a major series of canvases that bordered on abstraction and were produced according to the overriding principle of all his work - contrast.
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