Fernand Leger (French, 1881-1955)
The Instruments of the Passion
(Eglise du Sacre Coeur d'Audincourt)
Lithograph; 1951
Published in Derriere le Miroir, Maeght Editeur

The Church of the Sacred Heart at Audincourt is one of the major monuments of the Sacred Arts Movement in France, a movement that wanted to bring the best of modern art into the service of the Church.  Leger created a large cycle of windows that makes a solid band of glass, forming a clerestory around the sanctuary.  Leger also designed the fašade mosaic for Notre-Dame-de-Toute-Grace at Assy, where there are also works by Georges Rouault, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963), Jean Bazain (French, 1904-) and many others.  Bazain also designed the Baptistry for Audincourt, a spectacular circular space that bathed  in light, and Matisse designed the Rosary Chapel for the Sacred Arts Movement in Venice.



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