Fernand Léger Keys (Composition) 1928

Artwork details

Artist
Fernand Léger 1881–1955
Title
Keys (Composition)
Les Clés (Composition)
Date 1928
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 651 x 537 mm
frame: 850 x 740 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Fanny Wadsworth 1951
Reference
N05990
Not on display

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During the late 1920s Léger often adopted Surrealist strategies of juxtaposition, as with the grey-and-white keys and the yellow profile here, and irrational space. Yet Léger, like his friend Edward Wadsworth, was primarily concerned with the formal structure of a painting. Consequently the work's surreal elements are subordinated to his interest in combinations of shape and colour.

Wadsworth bought this picture from Léger after they met in Paris in the late 1920s.

September 2004

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