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Femme et nature morte [Woman and Still Life]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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Femme et nature morte [Woman and Still Life] 1921

On Display Modern One

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.

Glossary Open

Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Abstract art, Composition, Still life


  • Acc. No. GMA 962
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 65.50 x 92.00 cm (framed: 94.70 x 121.40 x 8.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1966