Léger trained as an architect, and served as an engineer in the French army during WWI, so seems natural that industrial structures would interest him. Here, Léger combines a number of styles and influences, such as Cubist style figures, representational stairways and ladders, and abstract and geometric brightly coloured shapes like those in The Disc
, 1918. These shapes seem to both highlight and detract from the structure of the tugboat being described.
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 103 x 132.5 cm Musée de Grenoble. Purchased in 1928 Photo: City of Grenoble / Grenoble Museum - J.-L. Lacroix © 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.