Les Plongeurs. 1942. Gouache and ink brush drawing over pencil. Monogrammed and dated in lower right. On brownish wove paper. 17.8 x 22.5 cm (7 x 8.8 in), size of sheet. Subtle squares in pencil suggest a later execution in a larger format. Verso with a figurative pencil drawing. [CH]. • Fascinating entwinenemnt of bodies • Léger forms a kinf of ornament from a tamd mas of bodies • Highly artificial mesh of different pictorial components • Another version of this theme is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Accompanied by a photo expertise from Irus Hansma, Paris, dated November 2019. The work will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné of works on paper.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Netherlands.
LITERATURE: Ketterer Kunst, Munich, auction 360, Modern Art, December 12, 2009, lot no. 202.