French painter Fernand Léger initially came to Paris, where he was to remain, to study fine art at the Beaux-Arts.
After quitting architectural school, he turned to Decorative Arts. He was particularly marked by the work of Cézanne, of whom he said he had learned "the love of shapes and volumes".
During his cubist period when he moved into La Ruche, he became friends with Delaunay, Jacob and others.
From his mechanical period, he kept a flat-colour technique and a way of dealing with figures in the same way as the background.
Excerpt from Marie-Hélène Reynaud's book "d’art et de papier"