Le Purisme

Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Fernand Léger
The Mechanic
oil on canvas
45 1/2 x 34 1/2 in.

After the war, Picasso is painting harlequins. Gris is aping Cézanne. What you want is a fresh start, and unless you are Léger, you're just starting.

In five years you find (with Le Corbusier) a solid architecture of middle tones. Ozenfant, a white void.

Amédée Ozenfant
Still Life with Bottles
oil on canvas
51 1/8 x 38 1/4 in.