Léger painted many works featuring contemporary Adam and Eve figures, giving them modern touches such as tattoos and athletic clothing. In those pictures, the couple are identifiable as the title characters by an apple tattoo, and a serpent coiled around the staff in Adam’s hand. In this version, however, there is no snake and no apple – the figures are much more universal, and their meaning more obscure.
Adam and Eve
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 130.7 x 97.5 cm Musée national Fernand Léger, Biot © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018
French painter and designer Fernand Léger, was born in Agentan, Normandy in 1881. His work encompasses cubist and semi-abstract styles, and in his later years he also worked in design for the stage. Léger also became an active advocate for peace, and in 1948 became a founder-member of the National Council of the World Peace Movement.