Oil on Canvas
One could most certainly say that Fernand Leger’s artwork was, in multiple ways, a product of the machine age. Through the process of abstraction he strips the figures of his composition into their most basic elements. The smoke from trains, factories and chimneys become large black spheres that capture the movment of the rising smog but at the same time freezes it there; forever printed into the thick city sky that has become crowded with colossal posters, advertisments and burning bright lights. Scaffolding and bridges guide the mechanical looking people from point A to point B. Cubism and Futurism were the grat influences of Leger and eventually he stuck only to Purist abstracted shapes, mainly primary colors and Cubist-influenced forms. He captures the congestion as well as the beauty of the newly industrialized world. It really didn’t make sense to draw Dutch genre paintings or mystical, whimsical forest scenes full of academic nudes anymore - this was the new world!