Fernand Léger

Femme et nature morte [Woman and Still Life]

About this artwork

This is one of a series of paintings, made between 1920 and 1921, to show a reclining nude woman and a still life. Some versions also feature a standing woman or a tall lamp. In our painting these elements have been transformed into a disk which connects the still life to the foreground. The clarity of the composition reflects Léger's interest in mechanical elements. The grid-like structures in the background are reminiscent of the geometrical abstractions of Mondrian, whose work Léger first saw in 1920.

Fernand Léger

Fernand Léger