Light and Abstract Form

My normal and somewhat unreflective view of this early Leger has always been that there is an unresolved conflict between the imagery – the obvious chair, side table, cup, folded

Fernand Leger, Woman in Blue 1912

Fernand Leger, Woman in Blue 1912

 

fingers – and the large abstract white and black arrangement. But maybe that objection is more a measure of my limitations—my too ready to categorize habits of mind (shared by everyone else of course). Looking closer I see how the blue plane upper middle casts a light on the forms around it – that blue seeps out of the plane. This bit of Impressionist business seems like the most unusual and forward looking feature, both for Cubism and abstraction.

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