|Fernand Leger's brand of Cubism evolved rather quickly--|
The Smokers, 1911-12, Woman in Blue, 1912, Nude Model in the Studio, 1913.
|The Mechanic, 1918, Fernand |
Leger, considered a self-portrait
|Le Jardin de ma mère (My Mother's Garden), 1905, Fernand Leger|
|The City, 1919, Fernand Leger|
|The Breakfast, 1921, Fernand leger|
|Soldier with a Pipe, 1916, Fernand Leger|
|Two Sisters, 1935, Fernand Leger|
Fernand Leger wasn't the first artist to be influenced by a war, but few have encountered such a profound effect as seen in his Soldier with a Pipe (above, left) from 1916. Leger exchanged cubes for cylinders and spheres. Actually, he barely survived the war. A front-line combatant, Leger was very nearly gassed to death. During his recovery, he began to paint the rounded shapes he'd encountered with the guns of combat. This style, the "tubism" mentioned above, dominated his work during the 1920s as seen in his The Breakfast (above) from 1921. During the 1930s, Leger's work continued to evolve into a more organic manifestation of his trademark cubist cylinders. His Two Sisters (above, right), from 1935 illustrates a more monumental quality in his work, incidentally, not too unlike that that of Picasso's Classical Period during the 1920s.
|Leisures on Red Bottom, 1949, Fernand Leger|
|The Fernand Leger Museum, Biot, France (halfway between Cannes and Nice).|