Fernand Léger

Fernand Léger was born the 4th of February 1881 in Argentan, France.

First ans architect apprentice, Léger moved to Paris in 1900, where he studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and at the Academy Julian. In Montparnasse, he became friend with Robert Delaunay, Marc Chagell, Blaise Cendrars.. Since 1910, Léger is seduced by cubism and joined the members of the Section d'or. He took part in many exhibitions in Paris, Moscow and even in New York, at the Armory Show of 1913.

Léger's experience during the war deeply marked him, and gave a new strengh to his work.

In 1917, Léger signed an important contract with the dealer Léonce Rosenberg and began huge paintings influenced by modernity. In 1933, he took part to the modern architects International Congress with Le Corbusier that he met a few years before.

During the Second World War, in 1940, he moved to New York. Léger moved back to France in 1946.

Five years after his death, in 1960, his successors inaugurated the Fernand Léger Museum in Biot.

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