13 May 1999
Fernand Lger (1881-1955)
Composition (pour une salle manger)
signed and dated 'F. LEGER.30' (lower right)
oil on canvas
47 x 33.3/8 in. (120 x 84.7 cm.)
Painted in 1930
Dr. G.F. Reber, Lausanne.
Henry Ittleson, Jr., New York.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (gift from the above on 15 June 1964; deaccessioned on 10 October 1979).
E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam.
Perls Galleries, New York.
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G. Bauquier, Fernand Lger, Catalogue raisonn de l'oeuvre peint, Paris, 1995, vol. IV (1929-1931), p. 208, no. 729 (illustrated in color, p. 209).
Basel, Kunstmuseum, Fernand Lger, March 1945, no. 57.
The present painting is one of three works commissioned by Dr. G.F. Reber for the dining room of the Chteau de Bthusy in Lausanne where he lived from 1919. Dr. Reber had already formed a major collection of French nineteenth century art, including at least twenty-seven works by Czanne, before 1914. After 1921 he began to exchange this material for Cubist and later works by Picasso, Gris, Braque and Lger. At one time he owned no less than 70 works by Picasso and 80 by Juan Gris. Although Lger was not represented in such great depth, Dr. Reber recognized Lger's talent for murals and large-scale decorative ensembles and commissioned him to paint three major murals for his dining room--Composition I (Les muses de gastronomie et musique; Galerie Beyeler, Basel); Composition II and Composition III.
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