Fernand Léger

  • New York Seen

    The essay below, impressions of New York by Fernand Léger, is reprinted from Cahiers d’Art, Vol. 6 Nos. 9–10, 1931. The translation is by Henry Geldzahler, Curator of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    For Sara Murphy

    THE MOST COLOSSAL SPECTACLE in the world. Neither cinema nor photography nor journalism has tarnished that astonishing event, New York at night seen from the fortieth floor. This city has resisted all the vulgarizations, all the curiosity of men who have tried to describe it, to copy it. It retains its freshness, its unexpectedness, its surprise for the traveler who sees it