Catalogue entry

Fernand Léger 1881-1955

T00246 Deux Femmes tenant des Fleurs (Two Women holding Flowers) 1954

Inscribed '54 | F. LEGER' b.r. and 'DEUX femmes | tenant des fleurs | ETAT DEFINITIF | F. LEGER 54' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 38 1/4 x 51 1/8 (97 x 130)
Purchased from the Mayor Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1959
Prov: With Galerie Maeght, Paris (purchased from the artist); Sir Robert Adeane, London, 1957; with Mayor Gallery, London
Exh: Fernand Léger 1881-1955, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, June-October 1956 (160, repr.); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, October-November 1956 (160, repr.); Haus der Kunst, Munich, March-May 1957 (141, repr.); Fernand Léger; 'Five Themes and Variations', Guggenheim Museum, New York, February-April 1962 (71, repr.); Fernand Léger, Grand Palais, Paris, October 1971-January 1972 (163, repr.); Loan Exhibition in memory of Fred Hoyland Mayor, Mayor Gallery, London, November-December 1973 (11, repr.)
Repr: Studio, CLIX, 1960, p.109; René Huyghe (ed.), Larousse Encyclopedia of Modern Art (London 1965), pl.902; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery (London 1966), p.184 in colour

The final version of this composition. A preliminary version in oils, 54 x 65cm, is reproduced in colour in the exhibition catalogue Fernand Léger, International Galleries, Chicago, 1966 (58). It is sketchier in treatment but corresponds fairly closely to the final work in composition and in the disposition of the colour patches, except for a few minor differences: parts of the plant are painted in green and there is an extra flower, the woman on the right wears a necklace and has a different pattern on her belt, there is no shading on the bodies and so on. A gouache 52.5 x 75cm sold by the Galerie Louise Leiris to a collector in Germany is yet closer to the final work in design, but has a completely different arrangement of the colour patches. Both these earlier versions are also dated 1954.

Published in:
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, p.420, reproduced p.420