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Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris

Fernand Léger : The Mechanic 1920 • Oil on canvas 45 1/2 x 34 1/2 in. •  (115.5 x 88.5 cm) • National Gallery of Canada, OttawaPhoto courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Fernand Léger : The Mechanic 1920
Oil on canvas 45 1/2 x 34 1/2 in.
(115.5 x 88.5 cm)
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris
GRENOBLE  •  Musée de Grenoble  •  7 October 2001 - 6 January 2002
The basis of the Purist movement is the work made between 1918 and 1925 by Purism's founders and leading proponents, Ozenfant and Jeanneret (Le Corbusier), and the work of 1920 - 25 by their closest colleague, Fernand Léger. All three perceived parallels between the machine and the painted image. The exhibition is a full-scale reconstruction of the main room of Le Corbusier's Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau from the 1925 International Exposition of Decorative and Industrial Arts opened in the center of Paris. The Pavillon is complemented by a selection of approximately 65 Purist paintings and works on paper by Jeanneret, Ozenfant, and Léger from public and private collections in the United States and abroad.

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