Fernand Léger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. His early works communicated a personal form of Cubism which he gradually altered into a more figurative, populist style. Léger's work is often regarded as a forerunner of Pop Art due to his bold and simplified use of modern subject matter.
During World War II Léger lived in the United States where he found inspiration in the unique sight of industrial detritus strewn about the landscape. The disturbance of juxtaposed natural forms and mechanical elements epitomized what he called the law of contrast.