Man with a Cane (First State)

Fernand Léger, French, 1881 - 1955

Made in France, Europe


Oil on burlap

25 5/8 x 19 9/16 inches (65.1 x 49.7 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 166, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Léger met Piet Mondrian, (Dutch, 1872 - 1944) before the war, when both lived in Montparnasse. During the war, Mondrian lived in Holland, where he became involved with the De Stijl movement. Back in Paris in 1919, Mondrian’s palette changed dramatically to saturated primary colors like those favored by Léger.


Lederlin collection, Paris; sold to Louise and Walter C. Arensberg, Los Angeles, through Marcel Duchamp as agent, 1934 [1]; gift to PMA, 1950. 1. See Duchamp's provenance notes with letter of 27 October 1951 to Louise and Walter Arensberg (PMA, Arensberg Archives).

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