Fernand Léger was born in 1881 in Argentan. He quickly shows talent for drawing and starts a training of architects.
But in 1900, the young man is quickly attracted by the artistic effervescence in Paris and becomes interested in decorative arts. He attends different acadermies, meets Paul Cézanne and falls in love with impressionism. In 1907, he attends a famous artist workshop, La Ruche, and meets the masters of cubism Braque and Picasso.
Fernand Léger resists to the doctrines and shows quickly a personal style which intends to "show modern life".
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