Le Tronc d'arbre sur fond jaune [Tree Trunk on Yellow Ground]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2004

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Le Tronc d'arbre sur fond jaune [Tree Trunk on Yellow Ground] 1945

On Display Modern One

As an artist who was inspired by modernity, Léger loved America. When on his way to an exhibition of his work in Montreal, Léger chanced upon an abandoned farm near the Canadian border. Broken machinery and junk were piled up in the fields. In this painting we can see wire-netting in the bottom left corner. The circular shape on the left is an old wheel with broken spokes which stands next to a broken 'SLOW' road sign. One of the wheel's spokes (along with the shape of the tree on the right) has transformed the sign into what can be read as 'US LOVE.'

Glossary Open


The state of embracing the most up-to-date ideas and techniques. In art, the notion is often associated with the 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire who encouraged artists to represent the modern world based on their lived experience.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2310
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 112.50 x 127.00 cm (framed: 155.90 x 140.70 x 8.90 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1981