7 May 2009
Fernand Leger (1881-1955)
Composition sur fond rouge
signed and dated 'F. LEGER 45' (lower right); signed and dated again and titled 'F. LEGER. 45 composition SUR fond rouge' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
36¼ x 28½ in. (92.1 x 72.4 cm.)
Painted in 1945
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris (acquired from the artist).
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 4 December 1985, lot 226.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 1 July 1987, lot 282.
Chalette International (Madeleine Chalette Lejwa), New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner, July 1989.
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G. Bauquier, Fernand Léger, Catalogue raisonné, 1944-1948, Paris, 2000, p. 86, no. 1202 (illustrated in color, p. 87).
Copenhagen, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Fernand Léger, Malerier, tegninger og grafik, 1959, no. 34.
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