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