Le Transport des forces on loan to Musée national Fernand Léger

Musée national Fernand Léger Biot
Fernand Léger, Le Transport des Forces, 1937

Fernand Léger, Le Transport des Forces, 1937, huile sur toile, FNAC 2015-0477, dépôt au musée national Fernand Léger à Biot

During renovation of the Grand Palais, CNAP is loaning Fernand Léger’s monumental painting Le Transport des forces for a period of five years to Musée national Fernand Léger in Biot, in the Alpes-Maritimes region.

This work by Fernand Léger is one of the most remarkable in the CNAP collection, as much for its size (4.91m x 8.70m) as for its importance in the history of twentieth-century avant-gardism. It was commissioned from Léger, who was by then an internationally renowned artist, for the Palace of Discovery at the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques that took place in Paris in 1937. Painted on the eve of the Second World War, Le Transport des forces is a syncretic image depicting human life in the grip of science, in an artistic language that expresses the fusion between the forces of nature and technological innovation.

Other works belonging to CNAP were produced for the 1937 exhibition by such important artists as Robert Delaunay, whose Air, fer, eau was shown in the Railways Pavilion.

Le Transport des forces is presented to viewers, along with a programme of events, in a specially conceived space at the museum until May 16, 2022.

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Musée national Fernand Léger

255, chemin du Val de Pôme
06410 Biot

Updated: February 10 2022