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After painting and studying Art History in France and the Netherlands, Thomas Callaway graduated from Lawrence University in Wisconsin with a degree in Fine Art and Architecture. He formed his design business in 1989. Over the past 22 years, he has completed over 100 projects for numerous film and television stars, writers, producers, and directors, bringing his firm national acclaim and distinction in many shelter books and magazines. His work now includes architectural and interior design projects in Chicago, Miami, New York, Connecticut, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Mississippi, Wyoming and his home base, Los Angeles, California. Tom has appeared often on television, most recently on “Selling New York” on the HG Network.

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In an effort to give you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated window displays at LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA 2011: CELEBRATE ART, we asked the Legends designers to share the inspiring thoughts and aesthetics behind their Legends window in the La Cienega Design Quarter. "The Legends Style Sheet" sponsored by Jean de Merry, presents a series of fun and unconventional interviews with our participating window display designers.

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Fernand Leger (1881-1955) was a French painter, sculptor and filmmaker. In his early works he created a personal form of Cubism, which he gradually modified into a more figurative, populist style. His boldly simplified treatment of modern subject matter has caused him to be regarded as a forerunner of Pop Art. He began to work seriously as a painter only at the age of 25. At this point his work showed the influence of Impressionism as seen in Le Jardin de Ma Mere of 1905, which is one of the paintings from that period that he did not destroy. A new emphasis on drawing and geometry appeared in Leger’s work after he saw the Cezanne retrospective at the Salon d’Automne in 1907. In 1909 he moved to Montparnasse and met such leaders of the avant-garde as Archipenko, Lipchitz, Chagall and Robert Delaunay. In 1910 he joined with several other artists, including Delaunay, Jacques Villon, Henri Le Fauconnier, Albert Gleizes, Francis Picabia and Marie Laurencin to form an offshoot of the Cubist movement called the Puteaux group. The mechanical works Leger painted in the 1920s are typical of the postwar “return to order” in the arts, and link him to the tradition of French figurative painting represented by Poussin and Corot. Starting in 1927 the character of Leger’s work gradually changed as organic and irregular forms assumed greater importance. The figural style that emerged in the 1930s is fully displayed in several versions of Adam and Eve. With characteristic humor, he portrayed Adam in a striped bathing suit or sporting a tattoo.

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