Fernand Leger (1881-1955) was a painter who became associated with the Cubist movement. Leger’s early work shows the influence of Impressionism and Divisionism, but he soon moved away from these styles. His subsequent work was characterized by its geometric forms and Bold colors. Leger also worked in other media, including film, sculpture, and printmaking.
Fernand Leger was born in Argentan, France, in 1881. He began his artistic training at the age of 17, when he enrolled in the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. After completing his studies, Leger worked as an architectural draftsman for a few years. He also briefly experimented with Fauvism, an avant-garde movement characterized by bright colors and unconventional compositions.
In 1909, Leger met Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, two artists who would have a profound impact on his work. The following year, he began to experiment with Cubism, a style that Picasso and Braque had developed. Leger’s Cubist paintings often featured mechanistic forms, such as gears and wheels. He also used Bold colors and sharply delineated shapes.
In the 1920s, Leger began to experiment with other media, including film and sculpture. He also started to use more traditional subject matter, such as portraits and landscapes. In the 1930s, he returned to his earlier style of painting, with its geometrical forms and simplified compositions.
Leger died in 1955. His work has been exhibited widely and is held in many major museums around the world.