Fresnaye, Roger de la (1885 – 1925) He was born in Le Mans and showed an early predilection for drawing. After attending the Julian Academy and the Ranson Academy, he became a cubist painter. His health was poor, especially after his military service during World War I. He contracted tuberculosis at the front in 1918, and died of it some years later. His gentle, colorful cubism was popular for a while, but he moved back toward realism after the war.