• Impressionist/Modern Works on  auction at Christies

    Sale 7832

    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper

    3 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 232

    Fernand Léger (1881-1955)

    Les marchands de boeufs

    Price Realised  


    Fernand Léger (1881-1955)
    Les marchands de boeufs
    signed with the initials and dated '21' (lower right)
    watercolour and brush and ink on paper
    14½ x 10¼ in. (36.8 x 26.2 cm.)
    Executed in 1921

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    Les marchands de boeufs is part of Léger's 1921 Paysages animés series of modern landscapes with figures, in which the artist explored the relationship between figures, building and nature in rural Normandy, where he spent the summer of that year. Les marchands de boeufs specifically relates to the oils depicting farmers at the cattle market (Bauquier nos. 275, 276 & 282-285).
    As Léger responded to the post-War rappel à l'ordre, the 'call to order' taken by the parisian avant-guarde, he became increasingly interested in traditional values and classical ideals that formed the enduring art of the past. He looked back especially to Poussin and Corot. In his Paysages animés he was keen on making his own significant statement in which he would unite the order of classicism with modern life.

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    Galerie Simon, Paris (no. 6709; photo no. 4206).
    Acquired from the above by the father of the present owner in the 1950s and thence by descent.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the provenance should read:
    (possibly) Galerie Simon (no. 6709).
    The photo number given in the catalogue is not valid.


    Groningen, Museum, Collectie E.J. Duintjer en Prof. Dr. G. Kraus, November - December 1956, no. 68; this exhibition later travelled to Delft, Prinsenhof and Arnhem, Gemeentemuseum.