After his experiences during the First World War, Fernand Léger decided that art should be accessible to all. This painting shows a colourful 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 pattern in the background.
Still Life with a Beer Mug, 1921-2
Date of work
Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1976
French painter and designer Fernand Léger, was born in Agentan, Normandy in 1881. In 1909 he participated in the Cubist movement and developed a semi- abstract style. He fought during the First World War and took refuge in the USA during the Second World War. In the USA he made compositions of athletes. Upon return to France in 1945 he continued to paint but he also worked as a designer for the ballet.