Fernand Léger

Trees

1923

Artist
Fernand Léger 1881–1955
Original title
Arbres
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 325 x 245 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Elly Kahnweiler 1991 to form part of the gift of Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler, accessioned 1994
Reference
T06801

Not on display

Display caption

Léger made a great many drawings and gouaches, the majority of which were intended as highly resolved studies for paintings. ‘I do a lot of preparatory work’, he said, ‘but when I attack it I am eighty per cent certain. I know where I am going.’ This drawing is one of many landscapes from the period 1922-3 that combine urban and natural forms. It is closely related to an oil painting entitled The Bridge, which Léger made later that year.

Gallery label, March 2008

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