Fernand Léger’s La noce
The bride stripped bare?
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The work of Fernand Leger, La noce (or Les noces), was first exhibited at the Salon under the title Composition avec personnages. The Salon was held one month after the Futurist exhibition at the Bernheim-Jeune Gallery in Paris. The 1912 Futurist exhibition catalogue The Exhibitors to the Public, is thus prefaced by a violent criticism of Cubist paintings. This chapter suggests that Leger's painting was situated at a crossroads not only between Cubism and Futurism but also within the broader avant-garde context, where several iconographic and stylistic affinities intersect. Among these, the subject of the wedding party was treated in other avant-garde paintings, revealing affinities with Leger's La noce. By 1911 the avant-garde in general had adopted some form of Bergsonism, if sometimes skewed or schematised. Henri Bergson's L'evolution creatrice was discussed in particular by the Puteaux group.

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