Fernand LégerStill Life with a Beer Mug 1921-2

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Artist
Fernand Léger (1881‑1955)
Title
Still Life with a Beer Mug
Nature morte à la chope
Date 1921-2
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 921 x 600 mm frame: 1074 x 747 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1976
Reference
T02035
Not on display

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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

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