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Joseph Fernand Henri Léger (Leger, Fernand)

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Born: 1881 AD
Died: 1955 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Artists, Painters, Sculptor

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1881 - Joseph Fernand Henri Léger was born in Argentan, Normandy, on the 4th of February. He was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker.

1900 - He moved to Paris, where he worked as an architectural draftsman and studied briefly at the École des Beaux-Arts. During this period he came under the influence of Paul Cézanne and Matisse, and he became friends with the modern primitive Henri Rousseau.

1906 - 1910 - He had decided to devote himself entirely to painting, and from then he gradually adjusted his art to the radical and burgeoning style of cubism.

1910 - 1914 - Some of his best and most characteristic early works are Nudes in the Forest, Woman in Blue, and Contrasting Forms.

1921 - 1922 - He designed sets and costumes for the Swedish Ballet.

1923 - 1924 - He collaborated with Dudley Murphey on a film, Ballet méchanique.

1925 - He designed a series of murals for the Pavillon de l'Esprit Nouveau at the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His art was amply suited to such an enterprise, particularly in terms of its large scale and strong, projecting color.

1949 - He continued to engage in public projects throughout his career, such as the mosaics for the facade of the Church of Notre-Dame at Assy.

1952 - The murals for the United Nations General Assembly auditorium in New York City.

1940 - 1946 - He lived in the United States. He traveled extensively, responding enthusiastically to the American landscape, particularly to its vast urban complexes, and taught briefly.

       - Painted, Romantic Landscape.

1948 - 1949 - With Homage to David painting, he broke away from the shallow space of cubism, returning to a more classical figure and landscape imagery.

1955 - He returned to France, he settled at Gif-sur-Yvette near Paris.

       - There he continued to work on his painting and on public commissions until his death on the 17th of August.


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