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Fernand Leger

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It is curious to note that the most intellectual kind of painting, the one that tries to reduce reality to its essential elements, is ultimately but a visual delight. All it has kept of the world is its color. (This is apparent particularly in Léger.)
Albert Camus, 1942, The Myth of Sisyphus, "Absurd Creation". (The Myth of Sisyphus, and Other Essays, trans. Justin O'Brien, Knopf, 1955, ISBN 0679733736)

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