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The man and woman locked in a complex network of shapes suggest Léger's belief in the monumental impact of modern machinery. Curving and wavy forms and the color orange define the hair and body of the woman, while columns and the color blue designate the male. Emotionally neutral, they may also illustrate the challenge to maintain individual identity in a depersonalized environment.
Léger was one of the leading painters associated with Cubism. He forged his own version of the style by aligning the harmonies of color and shape with the repetition of forms common to the modern industrial era.
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