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Ferdinand Léger

The version of L’escalier – The Stairway – in the Kunsthaus collection marks the most intense refinement of Léger’s dynamic Cubism. He combines elementary sculptural forms, such as cones and cylinders, with the three primary colours red, yellow and blue in a work of astonishing painterly and spatial freedom. After World War I, the horrors of which he experienced as a soldier, his forms become streamlined into a new pristine representational syntax; mechanical elements often underscore the distinctly modern, rational, collective character that Léger strived for in his art.

Fernand Léger (1881–1955)
L'escalier, 1913
Oil on canvas, 144 x 118 cm
Acquired 1933 © ProLitteris
Fernand Léger (1881–1955)
L'escalier, 1913
Oil on canvas, 144 x 118 cm
Acquired 1933 © ProLitteris