Fernand Léger / Composition aux trois femmes, 1927 / Copyrights
Composition aux trois femmes, 1927
In the early 1920s, Léger began increasingly to experiment with figurative compositions. Initially he tended to contrast the figures with flat, abstract-seeming backgrounds. Somewhat later they began to look as if they had been cast in metal, appearing in a cool gray against brightly colored grounds. Thanks to the strong contrast with the colored ground, the figures gave the impression of being joined into a single body. This is wonderfully evident at the far right of the present painting, where arms and hands intertwine to form a continuous chain.