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Roger de La Fresnaye

Roger de La Fresnaye

A French Cubist painter, La Fresnaye (1885–1925) developed his own structural style rich with vivid, prismatic colors. Influenced by dreamlike symbolism, he drew portraits and scenes from the everyday to the mythical, presented avant-garde figures that are almost architectural in form. Although he used Cubist techniques in his simplified geometric forms, he maintained a fairly realistic style, unlike the abstracted, broken forms of his peers such as Pablo Picasso. Although his paintings helped to popularize Cubism, towards the end of his career he abandoned the Cubist style altogether and championed traditional Realism.