1881 – 1955
Leger was prolific in many media and gained recognition as one of the most prominent artists in Paris in the first half of the 20th century. He is associated with the Cubist movement and was an innovator in abstract art. Besides being a painter, filmmaker, and designer, Leger also became a successful printmaker, experimenting with lithography.
In 1940, to escape German forces in Paris, Leger fled to the United States. The industrialism found in America heavily inspired his work of this period. Geometric forms and elements of a machine culture (cranks, pistons, robots, etc.) were important motifs in his many creations.