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    Sale 2047

    Impressionist and Modern Art Works on Paper

    7 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 513

    Fernand Leger (1881-1955)

    Bolivar

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    Fernand Leger (1881-1955)
    Bolivar
    signed with initials and dated 'FL 49' (lower right)
    gouache over pencil on paper laid down on board
    7¼ x 13½ in. (18.4 x 34.3 cm.)
    Painted in 1949


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    The present gouache is a study for a stage set Léger created for the opera Bolivar. It premiered at the Opéra de Paris on 12 May 1950; the music was composed by Darius Milhaud, Madeleine Milhaud wrote the libretto, Serge Lifar was the choreographer and Léger designed the sets and costumes.