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.

Geography:
Made in Paris, France, Europe

Date:
1919

Medium:
Book with illustrations (color stencil prints)

Dimensions:
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 5/8 x 10 x 1/4 inches (32.1 x 25.4 x 0.6 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1952-61-141

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Label:
This book is one of Léger’s collaborations with poet Blaise Cendrars (Swiss (active France), 1887 - 1961). 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.