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Léger made a great many drawings and gouaches, the majority of which were intended as highly resolved studies for paintings. ‘I do a lot of preparatory work’, he said, ‘but when I attack it I am eighty per cent certain. I know where I am going.’ This drawing is one of many landscapes from the period 1922-3 that combine urban and natural forms. It is closely related to an oil painting entitled The Bridge, which Léger made later that year.

March 2008