Composition Epoque Mecanique, 1953
signed and numbered
an edition of 300
64 x 49 cm
Printed at the Atelier Arcay, Paris 1953. Issued by Editions d'Art d'Aujourd'hui, Boulogne 1953, in the series:'Maitres de l'Art Abstrait'. This stencil print was based by Leger on his 1919 painting. Ref: Saphire - Leger The Graphic Work no. E24.
""‘Composition Époque Méchanique’ is one of only two colour prints by Leger which reflect one of the most important eras in his work in the period 1918 to 1925 when he was using an approach to form derived from the perfection of shape created by ‘machine manufacture'. In the aftermath of the admiration of the machine which had inspired Futurism in the years just before the War, and as a continuation of the angular divisions of shape used to create movement and plane in Cubism, Leger - and his friends Corbusier and Ozenfant - turned to a handling of form and pictorial construction which reflected smooth and pristine clear contour with a deliberate ‘machine-constructed’ perfection, a concept they called ‘Purism’. This emphasis on clarity and construction was perfectly suited to work in print media, but such was the lack of public interest in prints at the period very few artists worked on them. Leger made one large scale colour lithograph ‘La Vase’ in 1926; ‘Composition Époque Méchanique’ is a 1919 composition. However the actual work on the stencils for the print was not carried out until 1953, when the edition was printed at the Arcay Studio. The edition was 300 but examples seldom appear on the market suggesting that at least part of the edition may have been lost or destroyed".