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Fernand Leger

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It is a true, incorruptible purism.. ..It is a religion that can not be argued about. It has its saints, its disciples and its heretics. Modern life with its speed und tumult, dynamic and full of contrasts, beats furiously against this light, luminous, delicate structure, which emerges coldly from the chaos. Do not touch it, it is an accomplished fact. It had to be, it is there to stay. (1945)
Abstract Painting, Michel Seuphor, Dell Publishing Co., 1964, p. 33

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