Happy Birthday Roger de la Fresnaye!! Born in 1885 into a French aristocratic family, de la Fresnaye received an excellent classical education. He was a member of the Section d'Or group and greatly influenced by Cubists Picasso and Braque. His work in naturalistic, however and has more structure. The Conquest of the Air is considered his greatest work. It pictures him with is brother, note the balloon in the sky, and of course the French flag in the corner. Following his term in the French army during WWI he was weakened and never really regained his strength for painting anything of any magnitude.