Fernand Léger

Le Profil à la corde: étude pour ‘Les Constructeurs’ [Man in Profile with Rope: Study for ‘The Constructors’]

About this artwork

The appearance of the man in this drawing marks him definitively as a manual worker, shown wearing a cloth cap and grasping a rope with large, strong hands. The drawing is simplified, as the subject is not depicted as an individual, but represented as a ‘worker’ type. Although this drawing is described as a study for the painting ‘Les Constructeurs’, it was in fact made after the painting was completed. It is one of several such drawings which focus on aspects of the full and finished painting, of which the Gallery owns a painted study. This work is certainly more of a highly-finished drawing than a sketch, with shading carefully cross-hatched within the strong black outline of the figure.

  • title:
    Le Profil à la corde: étude pour ‘Les Constructeurs’ [Man in Profile with Rope: Study for ‘The Constructors’]
  • accession number:
    GMA 2955
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  • materials:
    Ink and black chalk on paper
  • date created:
    1950 or 1951
  • measurements:
    64.50 x 49.70 cm (framed: 96.60 x 76.30 x 3.10 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1985
  • copyright:
    © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Fernand Léger

Fernand Léger