1881? b. Feb 4th. Joseph Fernand Henri Leger in Argentan, Orne, 
    Basse-Normandie, where his father raised cattle.
 French Painter, Sculptor, and Film Maker.

 1897 - 1899? Trained as an architect.


 1900 Moved to Paris, where he supported himself as an architectural draftsman. 

 1902 - 1903 After military service in Versailles he enrolled at the School 
    of Decorative Arts.
    Attended the Beaux-Arts as a non-enrolled student.

 1906 Began to work seriously as a painter only at the age of 25.

 1909 Moved to Montparnasse and met Archipenko, Lipchitz, Marc Chagall, 
    and Robert Delaunay.

 1909 - 1910 Nudes in the Forest 

 1910 Joined with several other artists, including Robert Delaunay, 
    Jacques Villon ->, Henri Le Fauconnier ->, Albert Gleizes ->,Francis Picabia 
    and Marie Laurencin to form an offshoot of the Cubist movement, the 
    Puteaux Group also called the Section d'Or (The Golden Section). 

 1914 Mobilized in August for service in the French Army, he spent two years 
    at the front in Argonne. 

 1916 Painted Soldier with a Pipe

 1917 The Card Players  

 1919 December; m. Jeanne-Augustine Lohy

 1919 Took one look at Louise Bourgeois's drawings and presciently 
    told her she was a sculptor, not a painter.

 1920 Met Le Corbusier ->, who would remain a lifelong friend.

 1909 Met Henri Rousseau ->.

 1923 - 1924 Designed the set for the laboratory scene in Marcel L'Herbier's  ->
    L'Inhumaine (The Inhuman One). 

 1924 In collaboration with Dudley Murphy ->, George Antheil ->, and Man Ray, 
    Leger produced and directed the iconic and Futurism-influenced film,  Ballet Mecanique ->,
    in which Kiki had an uncredited appearance.
    In collaboration with Amedee Ozenfant he established a free school 
    where he taught with Alexandra Exter -> and 
    Marie Laurencin. 

 1925 Produced the first of his "mural paintings".

 1929 Rita Kernn-Larsen was one of his pupils.

 1930 Friendship with Luis Bunuel.

 1935 Two Sisters of, and in several versions of Adam and Eve.

 1931 Visited New York City and decorated Nelson Rockefeller's apartment.

 1934 Signatory to Appel a la Lutte against the rise in fascism.

 1935 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City presented an exhibition of his work.

    During World War II Leger lived in the United States, 
 1943 - 1944 The Tree in the Ladder

 1946 Romantic Landscape.

 1944 Three Musicians (Museum of Modern Art, New York).

 1945 Return to France. He joined the Communist Party. 

 1950 Ddeath of his wife. 

 1952 m. Nadia Khodossevitch.
   In his final years he lectured in Bern, designed mosaics and stained-glass windows 
   for the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela, and painted 
   Country Outing, The Camper, and the series The Big Parade.

 1953 Illustrates Liberte on the death of his old friend Paul Eluard.

 1954 Began a project for a mosaic for the Sao Paulo Opera, which he would not 
   live to finish. 

 1955 d . Aug 15th at his home and is buried in Gif-sur-Yvette, Essonne.

    He was active as a teacher for many years. 
    Among his pupils were Nadir Afonso ->, Robert Colescott ->,   Charlotte Gilbertson ->, 
    Hananiah Harari ->, Asger Jorn ->, Beverly Pepper ->, Victor Reinganum ->, 
    Marcel Mouly -> and George L. K. Morris ->.

 1960 The Musee Fernand Leger -> was opened in Biot, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

    See Obituary ->.

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