Posts Tagged ‘fernand leger’

Artist of the moment………..George L.K. Morris



George Lovett Kingsland Morris was an American abstract whose works emphasized hard edges shapes and vivid color. George Morris was born in Brooklyn, New York in the year 1905.

The family of Morris had a great deal of money and the artist attended the best schools graduating from Yale University.

Morris studied the Art Student’s League of New York City. He was first a traditional artist and then came to the more modern movements of abstraction and cubism after moving to Paris and studying with such luminaries as Fernand Leger.

The artist worked as a painter and sculptor.

Morris was a founding member and president of the American Abstract Artists Group.

George Morris and another passenger were killed in an auto accident that happened in 1975. His wife was also in the accident and was severely injured.

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Morris is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

What I enjoy most about this artist was his ideas about abstract art. Morris believed that the shapes used as a basis for abstract could be found anywhere and could be unusual shapes such as a leak of a pipe and the pattern of the dripping water.



Artist of the moment……….Seymour Boardman



Seymour Boardman was a wonderful abstract artist born in Brooklyn, New York in the year 1921. Over his career the artist worked in many styles usually with color, but in the 1970s he worked in black and white. In the late 70s and 80s Boardman focused on rectangular shapes with vivid color.

Boardman attended the City College of New York City.

The artist served in the United States Air Force during the Second World War. He was badly injured and as a result had some paralysis of his arm and shoulder. After being granted a medical discharge from service Boardman enrolled at Ecole des Beaux Arts located in Paris, France. Boardman also attended the Academie De La Grand Chaumiere, and studied with Fernand Leger.

Boardman moved back to the United States where he studied at the Art Student’s League of New York City.

The artist is part of the Guggenheim and Whitney Museum collections.

Seymour Boardman passed away in 2005 at the age of 84 years old.

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What another great use of color and shapes!







Artist of the moment……Rudi Baerwind



Rudi Baerwind was a German artist renown for his abstract paintings. Rudi Baerwind was born in Mannheim, Germany in the year 1910. For his artistic education Baerwind attended the Munich Art Academy, the Berlin Art Academy, and the Academy of Fernand Leger based out of Paris, France.

The artist was a prisoner of war in World War Two and his works confiscated and destroyed.

Baerwind was influenced by the Art Informal movement.

The artist flourished during the 1950s and 1960s.


Rudi Baerwind passed away in 1982 at the age of 70 years old.

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Another artist with a great sense of color who is very bold in his finished works.



Artist of the moment…….Lill Tschudi



Lill Tschudi was a wonderful artist who worked with the figure using a Modernist approach. Lill Tschudi was born in Schwanden, Glarus, Switzerland in the year 1911. For her artistic education Tschudi  attended the Grosvenor School of Modern Art.

Tschudi then relocated to Paris where she mentored under some the more success Modernist painters including Andre L’Hote and Fernand Leger, both already profiled here.

Though the artist used color well, its her line work and drafting skills that amaze me the most. The figures are given just enough information about the figure that we the viewer can imagine it breathing, talking, and coming to life. Tschudi was an outstanding printmaker who produced more than 300 prints over her lengthy career.

In this clip we view a work by the artist as it is prepared for auction. A landscape by British artist Jack Marriot is also shown:

Price range information: Original works seldom come on the market such as watercolors or oils, linocuts and woodcuts often go to auction with prices ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.


Artist of the moment…..Photographer William Klein


William Klein was born in New York City in the year 1928. Klein was very intellectual and graduated from high school at the age of fourteen.

For his artistic education William Klein attended the City College of New York  where he studied social work. Klein also enrolled at the Sorbonne located in Paris, France. Klein has worked as a painter, commercial and film director, and photographer.

At first Klein was a great painter with reasonable success who studied with Fernand Leger, a recent post. Klein made the move to photography. Klein is renowned for his photography of landscapes and portraits.

Klein has been based in France since his teenage years.

In this clip a short montage of works by William Klein:

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $40,000.

In this rare clip we visit the studio of the artist located in Paris, France:


Artist of the moment……..Fernand Leger

Fernand Leger was a wonderful artist who worked in many mediums was one of the foremost Cubist painters. Fernand Leger was born in Argentan, France in the year 1881.Leger had a lengthy career and prolific output working with theater and costume design, ceramics, paintings, murals, film, and even glass.

For his artistic education Fernand Leger attended the School of Decorative Arts and the Academie Julian both located in Paris, France.

From the Moma in New York City we visit a great selection of works by Fernand Leger:

The artist was drafted into the Army and discharged with a head injury. His war left an impact on the artist and many works including murals have a strong social commentary to them.

Fernand Leger helped to found a Cubist painting school in 1924 based out of Paris, France. Leger also made his first film during this year about ballet dancers. Below is the film by Leger. Leger in this manner reminds of Warhol with his use of the film as a medium.

Fernand Leger passed away in 1955.

Leger has a museum featuring his work in Biot, France. In this clip some great images from the museum:

Price range information: Works range from lithographs at $5,000 with oils breaking the $20 million dollar mark at auction.

What a wonderful husband and wife team Fernand and Nadia were. Able to paint and teach others their craft! Surely one of my favorite husband and wife painting teams. Other husband and wife teams who help many others to paint in their same style would be David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. Another couple is Wende Caporale and Daniel E. Greene.


Artist of the moment……Nadia Leger Khodossievitch

Nadia Leger Khodossievitch was born in 1904. For her artistic education she started drawing lessons at the age of fifteen at the Academie Below. Nadia also studied at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland in addition to studying with one of the pioneers of abstract art, Kazimir Malevich.

Her first husband was also a painter, Stan Grabowski.

Nadia Leger then moved to Paris to be with her future husband Fernand Leger and to study in Paris at the Modern Art school where Fernand Leger was a professor. Nadia was in charge of running his atelier. Though the two met for the first time in the 1920s, the two would not marry until 1952. Nadia also played a key role in developing the paintings of Fernand Leger for ceramics and sculpture.

Nadia Leger passed away in 1982.

Price range information: Nadia Leger painted mainly in watercolors and gouache in addition to being a printmaker. Prices range from $4,000 to $20,000.

Nadia Leger was married to two professional artists, her second husband Fernand Leger will be the next post.