Paintings can be appreciated in purely abstract terms, and some cultures avoid representational art altogether. But it was only in the twentieth century that Western painters sought to limit their works to colour, line and form. However, as Léger’s painting shows, representational elements often remain. Two oval forms, each with a tail, suggest the fruit of the title, complete with stalks (or worms). The areas of colour also contain some subtle shading and together with the oblique lines, they create a feeling of recession which hints at an interior. Other forms invoke the machine parts which fascinated the artist.
Where to see this painting?
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, B15 2TS
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.