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Fernand Léger (French, 1881-1955)


Also known as:  Fernand Leger; Leger, Fernand; Lezeh, Fernan; Lezhe, Fernan

Birth Place: Argentan (Orne, Basse-Normandie, France)

Fernand Leger (Born 1881) was a French Painter who also dabbled in sculpting as well as film making. He is most known for his work with cubism. Ledger's experiences during World War I had a huge effect on his work. He drew rough sketches of his fellow soldiers in the trenches, artillery pieces, airplanes, etc..

During the 1920's he focused on the female nude form as well as both figures and animals, which are made up of streamlined forms. Leger greatly admired an artist by the name of Henri Rousseau, and most of his works during this period are styled after him.

In 1927, his work gradually changed and became more organic, and irregular forms assumed greater importance. One of his works where this is displayed is the "Two Sisters of 1935," as well as several versions of Adam and Eve which he created. Adding a humorous characteristic to his work, he portrayed Adam wearing a striped bathing suit.

By 1952, two of Leger's murals were installed in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations headquarters, located in New York City. Leger's works were also featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Art which began in October 2013 and ran until January 2014.

In 2003, on of his his paintings entitled "La femme en rouge et vert" sold for over $20,000,000 at auction.

Mr. Leger passed away in 1955, but his legacy will forever be remembered for the many outstanding works of art he completed.

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