April 12, 2011
Leger Mère et enfant ceramic
Leger Pointe rouge ceramic
Leger Visage aux deux mains ceramic
In celebration of an artist whose influence has been as great as his reputation.
Until Monday 16 May 2011, an exhibition of ceramics is being held at the Musee National Fernand Leger. The exhibition is in celebration of the ceramics Fernand Leger created during the last years of his life.
Fernand Leger was a French sculptor, painter and filmmaker of the late 19th and early 20th century. The French artist became most famous for his role in the development of Cubism, which he managed to craft into a more populist style, and in doing so, became regarded as being a forerunner of Pop Art.
Despite the artist’s multi-faceted artistic career, where his involvement in painting, printmaking and film making, saw that Leger was involved in the Tubism, Cubism and Modernism movements, the High in Colour exhibition focuses solely on the ceramics Leger created during the latter years of his life.
A visit to the Musee National Fernand Leger is an experience in itself. Located in Chernin du Val de Pome near the town of Biot, the museum is covered in stunning stained glass mosaic, created by H. Melano of Biot. This beautiful museum was originally founded by Fernande Leger as a ceramics studio in 1950, which in 1957 became the Leger Museum. In 1967 it was opened as a national museum in the presence of Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Marc Chagall. Its location is obviously deliberate, given Biot’s notoriety for its bubble-filled glasswork and its poetry.
Leger himself had a passion for mosaic, and from 1946 – 1949, he worked on a mosaic for the façade of the church of Assy, produced tapestries and windows for the church at Ardincourt and the University of Caracas.
The exhibition is open Wednesday to Monday, 10.00 – 17.00 (18.00 from 2 May 2011).
For more information on the Musee Nacional Fernand Leger and the ‘High in Colour’ exhibition visit the website.