Fernand Léger
Leaves and Shell 1927

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Fernand Léger 1881–1955
Leaves and Shell
Feuilles et coquillage
Date 1927
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1295 x 972 mm
frame: 1350 x 1019 x 60 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1949
Not on display

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Though many of Léger's paintings celebrate machine-made objects and modern city life, in the late 1920s he began to incorporate natural forms into his work. The curving line down the left-hand side of the painting softens the underlying geometric structure of horizontal and vertical lines, acting as a link to the organic shapes of leaves and shell. In turn, these naturalistic elements, with their streamlined shapes, appear closely related to the abstract parts of the image.

April 2012

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