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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Fernand LégerFrench (1881 - 1955)
  • title:
    Femme et nature morte [Woman and Still Life]
  • date created:
    1921
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    65.50 x 92.00 cm; Framed: 94.80 x 121.60 x 8.60 cm
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  • credit line:
    Purchased 1966
  • accession number:
    GMA 962
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  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Fernand Léger

Fernand Léger