Fernand Léger / Les grands plongeurs noirs, 1944 / Copyrights
Les grands plongeurs noirs, 1944
This major work, too, is lent vitality by the superimposed shapes of the swimmers, whose effect is heightened in this case by brilliant color. The advancing and receding figures, contours and planes evoke a space in which a ballet of silhouettes, inextricably interlocked, is taking place. Léger’s approach to composition, based on an accumulation of shapes and contours, would prove influential. It fascinated the American Pop artists especially. They, too, searched for ways to combine quite diverse elements into coherent compositions (see the note on Jasper Johns below).