Fernand Léger Still Life with a Beer Mug 1921–2

Artwork details

Fernand Léger 1881–1955
Still Life with a Beer Mug
Nature morte à la chope
Date 1921–2
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 921 x 600 mm
frame: 1074 x 747 x 70 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1976

Display caption

After his experiences in the First World War, Léger became convinced that art should be accessible to all. He moved away from pure abstraction towards the stylised depiction of real objects, laying great emphasis on order, clarity and harmony. In the 1920s he developed a concern with geometric composition and decoration. This painting shows a relatively naturalistic still life of a workman's lunch on a table. The primary colours of the mug and tablecloth contrast with the dazzling black and white patterns in the background.

April 2012