After the War

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Fernand Léger

Etude pour 'Les Constructeurs': l'équipe au repos [Study for 'The Constructors': The Team at Rest]
1950
Léger saw the post-war process of reconstruction in France as an opportunity for positive, collective action. In this harmonious scene, man, industry and nature work together for the greater good. The workers are intertwined with each other and with their surroundings as they rebuild society. The bright colours reflect the positive and harmonious mood of the idealised scene. Léger has chosen to combine realism and abstraction to depict his socialist subject matter. The artist was a member of the French Communist party, and this painting suggests that the needs of the individual should give way to those of the team. Dressed in overalls, the workers build a structure in Communist red.
  • Credits Purchased 1984
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 162.00 x 129.50 cm (framed: 183.00 x 152.20 x 9.00 cm)
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2004
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  • © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2004

Communism

The years following the Second World War saw an increase in left-wing political activity. In France, the Communist party was particularly strong. It was supported by many well-known figures, including Pablo Picasso, and was the main political party for workers.