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  1. 1881
    1. Argentan
      • Born in Argentan in northwestern France

  2. 1897
    1. Caen
      • Serves as apprentice to an architect in Caen, France

  3. 1900
    1. Paris
      • Moves to Paris and works as architectural draftsman

  4. 1909
    1. Paris
      • Takes a studio at La Ruche (French for “the beehive”), an art-studio complex in Paris, where he befriends artists such as Robert Delaunay and Jacques Lipchitz, and the writer Blaise Cendrars

  5. 1911
    1. Paris
      • Moves to a studio in another part of Paris, where he paints Smoke over Rooftops

  6. 1914
    1. France
      • Serves in World War I

  7. 1919
    1. Paris
      • Paints The City

    2. Paris
      • Illustrates The End of the World (La fin du monde), a book written by Blaise Cendrars

  8. 1921
    1. Paris
      • Designs curtains, stage sets, and costumes for Skating Rink, a production by Ballet suédois

  9. 1923
    1. Paris
      • Designs sets and costumes for Creation of the World for Ballet suédois

    2. Paris
      • Paints The Large Tugboat

  10. 1923
    1. Paris
      • Collaborates with other artists to produce his only film, Mechanical Ballet (Ballet mécanique)

  11. 1924
    1. Venice, Paris
      • Visits several cities in Italy, including Venice, with his art dealer; paints Animated Landscape after returning to France

    2. Paris
      • Starts an art school in Paris with several other artists

  12. 1931
    1. United States
      • Makes first trip to the United States

  13. 1935
    1. United States
      • Makes second trip to the United States

  14. 1938
    1. New York City
      • Makes third trip to the United States; creates studies for cinematic mural to be installed in the lobby of Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan

  15. 1940
    1. New York City
      • Lives in New York City during World War II

  16. 1945
    1. France
      • Works and resides in France

  17. 1955
    1. Gif-sur-Yvette
      • Dies in Gif-sur-Yvette, France

  18. 1960
    1. Biot
      • Musée National Fernand Léger opens in Biot, France


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