As with so many others of his generation, the life and career of the French Cubist painter Roger de La Fresnaye (1885-1925) were tragically cut short by the First World War. A member of the old French aristocracy, La Fresnaye was born in Le Mans, where his military officer father was stationed at the time; the ancestral home, Château de la Fresnaye, was in Normandy, near the village of Falaise. As was usual for one of his background, the young Roger had a classical education. When he was 18 he went to Paris, where he studied art at the Académie Julian. Later, he attended the École des Beaux-Arts. Finally, at 23, in what would prove to be a decisive move, he entered the Académie Ranson. There, under the tutelage of Nabis founders Maurice Denis and Paul Sérusier, his style became less impressionistic and more dreamlike.
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