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Three Women, 1919


Around 1920, Léger turned away from the dynamic mechanical cubism of his earlier paintings to a more ordered, figural style. Looking to art traditions of the past, he gave such time-honored themes as the Three Graces and scenes of odalisques a modern interpretation. In Le Petit Déjeuner (Breakfast) three female nudes are seated by a small table in a domestic interior complete with a dog. Monumental and impersonal, the figures interlock in an anatomical puzzle of interchangeable parts. The emphasis is on pictorial effect and compositional innovation, with strong conflicting perspectives in careful balance. Le Petit Déjeuner is one of two oil studies for the famous Le Grand Déjeuner in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Three Women
Artist Life
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(Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, New York by 1953); Samuel and Luella Maslon, Wayzata, Minnesota and Palm Springs, California in October 1953; gift to MIA in 1976.
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