On 4th June 2018, during the Impressionist & Modern auction, Artcurial will disperse the André Lejard collection alongside Vincent van Gogh’s « Raccommodeuses de filets dans les dunes » and 5 works by Paul Gauguin.
Comprising 31 pieces (paintings, sculptures, books, drawings), this exceptional group of art of is a reflection of the passions of the person who patiently gathered them into one collection: editor cum collector André Lejard. While Fernand Léger is undoubtedly the central figure of the set with 4 paintings and 8 aquarelle drawings, Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Derain, Laurens, Villon, Miró, Ernst, Tanguy also make an appearance.
André Lejard is a discreet but essential figure of the French editing world between 1920 and 1950. Chief editor of Art et Métiers Graphiques magazine, one of the most prestigious publications from between the two wars in France, he also was member of the original personalities involved in Éditions du Chêne, created in 1941 in Paris by editor Maurice Girodias. He devoted a large part of his career to the publication.
In parallel to his activity with Editions du Chêne, André Lejard pens several books, including books devoted to the art of publication, history of tapestry and the relations between visual and poetic arts. We owe him monographs on Henri Matisse and André Derain.
His environment partnered art and edition, his relations in the literary world became far more than that of an editor, as demonstrated by his correspondence with
Blaise Cendrars, Pierre Mac Orlan, Paul Éluard and Paul Valéry. It is easy to imagine that it was in this manner that he met Fernand Léger. The bonds he shared with the artist were both constant and essential.