Fernand Léger (1881-1955), Woman with a Vase, 1924
A woman carrying a red vase is depicted from the front with a linear precision that imbues the image with a classical, monumental feel.
The face is empty, the body stiff and divided into parts. The woman’s dress has the shape of a sturdy Doric column. The simple palette consists exclusively of blue, red, white, and black against a light grey background.
A Neo-Classcist trend in Paris
After World War I a Neo-Classicist trend permeated the Paris scene. In the aftermath of the trauma of war many artists, among these Picasso and Laurens, harked back to classical stylistic features to provide visionary images of a new era of cohesion, order, and social harmony.