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Fernand Léger (1881-1955), Artist

Sitter in 4 portraits
Léger was born in Argentan, France and studied at the city's School of Decorative Arts and at the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1908 he joined the colony of artists, La Ruche (The Beehive), and developed a semi-abstract style, breaking down forms into tubular shapes. After serving in the First World War, his work incorporated more geometric and mechanised forms. Later work included painted murals, designs for the theatre and cinema, and decorative commissions, such as the stained-glass windows and tapestries for the church at Audincourt in France (1951).

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x39415

Fernand Léger

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1950
NPG x39415

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Fernand Léger

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1954
NPG x133285

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Fernand Léger

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1954
NPG Ax134275

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Fernand Léger

by Francis Goodman
tear sheet, published 8 March 1950
NPG x195048