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Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Fernand Leger was among the prolific artists in the 20th century. The prominent artist was based in Paris, France. Fernand came up with a famous artwork known as a mechanical element. He developed this artwork when he was working with machines and modern technology during the mechanical period.

His work is characterised by fantastic recurring interchangeable geometric elements that featured the cone, relief-like space, the cylinder, and a disk. Surprisingly, none of this work directly depicts identifiable mechanical parts. The sculptures were instead geared towards marking a new machine age. In this work, which is well designed in canvas, you are confronted by a decorative and a cheerful mechanized work that features pistons, joints, and levers. The work is set against a framework of thick, black vertical and horizontal lines.

Fernand leger mechanical element work features tightly interlocking curves, circles, ellipses, dots, rectangles, diagonals, and a set of parallel crinkly lines. The arrangement of all these shapes triggers imagery of urban architecture, state of the art transportation systems, modern life-changing technology, among others. In a letter dated 1919, which was addressed to Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler – an art dealer, leger said that he had used mechanical elements a number of times in his pictures. This format was slowly creeping into his artistic style. He continues to say that mechanical elements are more intense when it comes to communicating through artwork. In this charming and attractive artwork, he was trying to depict the changing way of life.

Fernand had a lot of interest in the realm of mechanicals. The renowned artist did not limit himself to propounding his ideas through art. This can be seen in his film, ballet mecanique, which featured what he termed as fragments of figures, mechanical pieces, manufactured objects, metallic fragments, and figures. In the mid-1920s, Fernand interacted with a few members of a popular artistic movement known as purism. Since then, a lot of his work was seen to be in line with attributes of the purist style. However, Fernand clearly stated that the purist style did not appeal to him. He described the style as too thin that it could not allow him to think independently. He was dedicated to going to the extreme and produced unique and exciting artwork. Due to this reason, Fernand developed mechanical forms of artwork that was distinct from previous mechanical elements. The celebrated artist was born in august in 1955. He was a famous filmmaker, painter, and sculptor. His works was mainly associated with modern subject matters that were changing the lives of many.