Condition: This work is in great condition, with full margins and bright fresh colors.
Putting a new spin on one of his favorite subjects, Léger here depicts tree trunks and logs as objects in space rather than related to the ground. The gnarled branches form an abstract still-life composition, twisting and turning in unanticipated directions. The earthy browns, greens, and yellows contrast with the bold black outlines. The logs appear as though arranged on a platter, presented to the viewer for contemplation. An intriguing aspect of this piece is the tiny box-like form containing three small, tubular figures to the upper right of the composition. These tubular forms resemble cigarettes, stuffed in a box with smoke emitting from them in the form of dark diagonal streaks, bringing to mind the fragility of the logs as wood that can be easily burned.
Created in c. 1954, this work was printed on watermarked Arches Script wove paper by Mourlot, Paris and published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris. Hand signed by Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955) in ink in the lower right margin and numbered 10/75 (from the total edition of 75) in pencil in the lower left margin.