Composition with Fruit

© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2024. Image 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 areas of colour also contain some subtle shading and together with the oblique lines, they create a feeling of recession which hints at an interior. Other forms invoke the machine parts which fascinated the artist.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts



Composition with Fruit




oil on canvas


H 92 x W 65 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased, 1985

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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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