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Composition with Fruit

© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2020. Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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Paintings can be appreciated in purely abstract terms, and some cultures avoid representational art altogether. But it was only in the twentieth century that Western painters sought to limit their works to colour, line and form. However, as Léger’s painting shows, representational elements often remain. Two oval forms, each with a tail, suggest the fruit of the title, complete with stalks (or worms).

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

1938

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 92 x W 65 cm

Accession number

85.1

Acquisition method

purchased, 1985

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

Signed and dated l.r.: 38/F. LEGER and signed and dated on the verso: Composition aux 2 fruits/38. F LEGER


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University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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