As Leger moved from the expected style of the cubist movement into a style completely of his own, his art turned heads and created an unusual perception of his work.
Contrast of Forms does not quietly follow even the strange rules of cubism. The focus is not on flat shapes but on cylinders, and these cylinders mix with other unusual shapes.
The bright colours and uneven lines help create Leger's distinctive style.
One interesting thing to note about Leger's work in this series is that he did not use the typical attention to correct placement of light. The highlights do not seem to match up with any particular direction or source, which creates a chaotic but visually appealing canvas.
It is his defiance of typical rules which made Leger stand out, and means his art is still respected to this day.
Another aspect to Leger's Contrast of Forms which set him apart from his peers is the use of colour in such a patchy, uneven fashion. His use of primary colours is not unusual, but his application stands out.
With the addition of the strong, firm black lines around the cylinders and shapes, the colours contrast intensely with one another and yet do not have the slick look of many other cubist pieces.
Leger was not one to follow the rules, even in the cubist field which was already based on changing the artistic landscape. Somehow, Leger took these changes and created a style of his own.
Over time, Leger would come to be known as one of the forefathers of Pop Art, largely due to his later works although the initial shift in his style can be seen in many early paintings such as this one. By defying the standards given to the movement, Fernand Leger created his own path in art.