Fernand Léger

Born February 4, 1881 in Argentan France, Léger was a key influence on pop artists of the . Initially trained as an architect, he switched to painting and developed his own style based on (and named similarly to) cubism – he called this tubism, due to his frequent use of tubular and conical forms.

He survived two years in the trenches during WW1 and understandably was highly influenced by what he had experienced. His paintings, even those of humans, took on an industrial aspect, and were often based around stylized geometric forms.

This is: Railway Crossing