Fernand Léger 1881-1955
N05991 Carte et Pipe (Playing Card and Pipe) 1928
Inscribed 'F. LÉGER. 28' b.r. and 'Nature-Morte | F. LÉGER. 28' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 36 1/8 (60 x 91.5)
Presented by Mrs F. Wadsworth in memory of Edward Wadsworth 1951
Prov: With Léonce Rosenberg (Galerie de l'Effort Moderne), Paris (purchased from the artist); Edward Wadsworth, London; Mrs F. Wadsworth, London
Léonce Rosenberg's photograph of this work is entitled on the back 'Playing Card and Pipe'; it is also listed under this title and as 'Playing Card and Pipe. Still Life'. N05990
and N05991 have consecutive numbers in his photographic records (1108 and 1109 respectively), which seems to confirm that they were painted at more or less the same time and that Edward Wadsworth probably bought both of them on the same occasion. This phase of Léger's painting had considerable influence on Wadsworth's own work.
A preliminary study in oil on canvas for the present composition, measuring 27 x 46cm, is reproduced in Les Grandes Collections Belges: Collection G. Van Geluwe (Brussels 1956), No.60, under the title 'Still Life with a Pipe'. It is now in the collection of Marcel Mabille of Rhode-St-Genèse, near Brussels.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.419-20, reproduced p.419