Explore Figurative Populist Style with Fernand Léger

 Artwork Exploration
Figure of a woman holding flowers with blocks of blue, yellow, and red.

Today’s focus is on figurative populist style art. 
Our art activity is inspired by the art of Fernand Léger. 
Visit the museum’s gallery to find Fernand Léger’s art, Fragment and Variation on the "Partie de Campagne," gouache and ink on paper.


  • What colors are used in the work? 
  • Look at the artist’s use of black line and color.
  • What are figures doing?
  • What are they wearing?
  • What do you think the artist is trying to convey?


  • This work includes both line and shapes of primary colors.
  • Léger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker who created his personal form of cubism, known as Tubism.


  • How does the placement of the figures work in this piece?
  • Why does the artist use only yellow, blue, and red color?
  • What would you title this work and why?


  • Make your own  artwork!
  • Create your own “figurative” art using black marker on white watercolor paper (post cards).
  • Who are YOUR figures?
  • Use watercolor paint to add washes of red, yellow, and blue color to your work.
  • Select a title for your art.

Image Credits

Fernand Léger
b. 1881 Argentan, France; d. 1955 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Fragment and Variation on the "Partie de Campagne," 1953
Gouache and ink on paper
14 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.
Accession date: 2007
Bequest of Isadore and Kelly Friedman
© 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris