Fernand Léger / Contraste de formes, 1913 / Copyrights
Contraste de formes, 1913
In 1913, Léger began to employ wedges of color with a three-dimensional effect. He could use these to construct either abstract con-
figurations in space (Contraste de formes) or figures, stacking the forms like Lego blocks over and behind one another. This resulted in a force-filled painterly space that evidently did not just simply emerge but had to be built. The painterly and rhythmical condensation of the Contrastes de forme fascinated American artists, including Al Held. In the late 1960s Held replied to Léger’s conception and translated it into the large-scale terms of American art.