Born 1881, Argentan, Normandy
Died 1955, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
1897-99 Works as an architect’s apprentice.
1900 Moves to Paris, working as an architect’s draughtsman and studying at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and the Académie Julian.
1907 Becomes influenced by Paul Cézanne’s works.
1909 Participates in the Cubist movement; his style embodies semi-abstract Cubist forms.
1912 One-man exhibition at the Galerie Kahnweiler in Paris.
1914-17 Fights in the French Army; is inspired by the machine forms he sees while in the army.
Post WWI His paintings become influenced by modern industrial subjects and embody bold oppositions of color.
1920s Becomes friends with Le Corbusier and Amédée Ozenfant.
1924 Collaborates on an experimental film, Ballet Mécanique, for which he designs sets and costumes, and creates mural paintings.
1940-45 Seeks refuge in the Unites States during World War II. His subjects during this time include acrobats and cyclists.
1945 Returns to France. He spends his final years working on sculpture and designs for ballets.
1955 Receives the Grand Prix at the Sao Paulo Biennial.