Argentan 1881 - 1955 Gif-sur-Yvette
Influenced by Cubism, Fernand Léger developed his style on the basis of simple geometric forms in the artists' colony 'La Ruche'; his more mature works were reminiscent of Surrealism. Léger was fascinated by modern technology, which he depicted by means of precise, geometrically exact and monumental representations of objects such as screws, cog wheels, crank shafts and pipes. Man was included as a machine-type creature, as was the urban world. He developed a completely new, unmistakable style and was the first artist to use industrial subjects for wall paintings as well as for stage and production designs.