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The Mechanic, 1920 by Fernand Leger (1881-1955, France) | Art Reproductions Fernand Leger | WahooArt.com

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Artworks , The Mechanic , 1920 By Fernand Leger
The Mechanic, 1920 by Fernand Leger (1881-1955, France) | Art Reproductions Fernand Leger | WahooArt.com
Artworks , The Mechanic , 1920 By Fernand Leger

"The Mechanic"

Fernand Leger - 1920

There were two factors that contributed to the making of “The Mechanic”. As the Great War raged, Leger worked as a part of the French Army, bearing the stretcher. This invoked his empathy in such a way that now he wanted to make art that would somehow cater to all classes of society. Leger was also fascinated by technology, which he was heavily exposed to during the war. If one puts these two together, they can infer that Leger was expressing the relevance he felt that technology had in the life of everyone. Hence, as the war drew to an end, Leger took a swift departure from abstract art and embraced the art of representation. However, Leger did not simply leave his Cubist vocabulary behind. He integrated it into a new style that he developed, marked by Futurism, through which he deconstructed objects down to their skeletal parts, used shapes and forms of spheres, and included industrial motifs. Against a background which is semi-industrial in nature, a working man has been portrayed. Instead of taking a very cynical or pessimistic look at a growing technology-entrenched society, Leger looks at the working man of the new age as an efficient and enhanced worker. He’s self-confident with his hair being well-groomed and his posture emitting glee. “The Mechanic” stays preserved at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art.






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