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Style: Modernism

Technique: Scenes;Events

Date: 1954

Museum: Musee National Fernand Leger (France)

Topic: Scenes, Events

Fernand Léger’s use of streamlined forms derived from mechanical imagery dates from World War I, when he served in the French army. His predilection for military hardware and its gleaming surfaces coincided with his feelings of solidarity with the foot soldiers surrounding him in the trenches. The machine aesthetic he adopted at this time reflected his hopes of creating a truly popular art form that would describe and inspire modern life.

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