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ID number:  BIRBI-85.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Léger, Fernand (1881-1955)
Title / Object name:  Composition with Fruit
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  1938
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  92.2 x 65 cm unframed; 105.8 x 79.1 x 5 cm framed
Provenance:  Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris; purchased by the Barber Institute, 1985

Together with Picasso and Braque, Léger was one of the major figures in the development of Cubism. This picture, however, dates from a later period, when his obsession with semi-abstract machinery was tempered by a representational interest in living things - in this case two pieces of fruit. The classical design shows much cunning in the manipulation of colour and space.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed and dated I.r.> 38/F. LEGER Signed and dated on the verso:Composition aux 2 fruits/38. F LEGER

Notes:  Exhibited: Musee Ingres, Montpellier, France, 23 June 1977 - 11 September 1977; 'Twenty-Five Years - Masterpieces of the Avantgarde', Annely Juda Fine Art/ Juda Rowan Gallery, London, UK 17 September 1985 - 20 December 1985 (no. 25); 'William Gear: Past and Present Friends', Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 07 October 1995 - 31 December 1995; 'Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures', Tate Liverpool 23 November 2018 - 17 March 2019 and then to IVAM Institut Valencià d'Art Modern 2 May - 15 September 2019

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