La Fin du Monde filmée par l'Ange N.-D.

Fernand Léger, French, 1881 - 1955. Written by Blaise Cendrars, Swiss (active France), 1887 - 1961. Published by Éditions de la Sirène, Paris.

Made in Paris, France, Europe


Book with illustrations (color stencil prints)

Book: 12 3/8 x 9 7/8 x 3/16 inches (31.4 x 25.1 x 0.5 cm) Other (archival box): 12 9/16 x 10 x 5/16 inches (31.9 x 25.4 x 0.8 cm)

© 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Gift of Carl Zigrosser, 1974

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This book is one of Léger’s collaborations with poet Blaise Cendrars. It is an example of a “cine-poem,” a hybrid of poem and screenplay that flourished as a novel literary genre in the 1920s. Cendrars’s narrative recounts the end of the world as it is caught on camera by a stone angel atop Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Léger’s illustrations unfold in sequence as the pages of the book are turned, each numbered like scenes in a film script.