The Country Outing, Fernand Léger
Fernand Léger
The Country Outing
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Fernand Léger

The Country Outing, 1950

500 x 641 mm
405 x 514 mm
Physical Description
Gouache and pen (?) in black, some pencil, over squaring in pencil, on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17901 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Léger’s 'Country Outing' workgroup, to which he devoted himself in depth from the 1940s onwards, continues a longstanding pictorial tradition. The group of three excursionists resting in the middle ground, for example, quotes Manet’s 'Déjeuner sur l’herbe' of 1863 (Musée d’Orsay, Paris). Léger translated the motif into his own pictorial language and—through the addition of a smoking automobile—his own era. Thick black contours and a vibrant palette dominate the composition. The colours, analogous to those in nature but freely chosen, describe the subject matter in a planar manner that nevertheless alludes to three-dimensionality..

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

Work Data

Basic Information

The Country Outing
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Gouache and pen (?) in black, some pencil, over squaring in pencil, on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten rechts (mit dem Pinsel in Schwarz): FL · 50
Verso bezeichnet unten links (mit dem Pinsel in Schwarz): A No 12 [um 180 Grad gedreht]
Captions Added Later
Verso nummeriert oben links (mit Bleistift): 6)
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Nicht bei Cassou/Mymarie
  • Nicht im Online-WVZ

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References



Research and Discussion


Object History
Fernand Léger (1881-1955)
an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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