In this program for Women and the Kemper members, Meredith Malone, associate curator, will discuss the rarely displayed, monumental work on paper by Fernand Léger, Les grands plongeurs (The Divers) (1941). In this tightly woven composition, bodies form an inextricable tangle of limbs, and the entangled mass of figures appears to float freely in space without any ground-level support. The drawing is one of many studies, paintings, and murals of this theme created by the artist between 1940 and 1945. The inspiration for the series dates to 1940, while Léger was in Marseille awaiting passage to the United States, where he would stay until the end of World War II.
Women and the Kemper members are invited to bring a friend to this program.
Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955), Les grands plongeurs (The Divers), 1941. Charcoal and ink wash with white heightening on paper, 75 3/8 x 41 7/8". University purchase, Kende Sale Fund, 1946. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.