Conveying an abstract composition in a sculptural form, Léger contributes a sense of texture and depth to this striking image. In the center of this balanced composition, a vertical white and black form reminiscent of a flute stands erect. Behind this figure, curved colored forms sway and bend and appear as abstract vines growing upwards and loosely twisting around each other. Léger places these figures against a stark white background, highlighting the bold, black lines and bright vibrant colors of these figures. The shiny gloss finish adds a sense of texture and encourages interaction with the piece, catching the light at varied angles depending on the position from which it is viewed.
Created in 1953, this original glazed terracotta plaque was created through collaboration between Fernand Léger (Argentan, 1881 - Gif-sur-Yvette, 1955) and ceramicist Roland Brice. This piece is initialed 'F.L.' on the front in black in the lower right and annotated on verso in black 'COMPOSITION ABSTRAITE | Edition à 240 exemplaires d'après la | maquette originale de Fernand LEGER | (exclusivité Musée National F LEGER _BIOT'. Another example of this work is featured in the collection at the Musée National Fernand Léger, Biot.