Composition No. VII Artist: Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955)


Modern and Contemporary Art

Not on view

Oil on canvas mounted on aluminum


framed: 52 1/4 × 36 3/16 × 1 1/2 in. (132.72 × 91.92 × 3.81 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Collection Société Anonyme

Accession Number



20th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Provenance: Leonce Rosenberg (1879–1947), Paris; sold to the Société Anonyme, New York, 1926; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

  • Christopher Green and Jens M. Daehner, Modern Antiquity: Picasso, De Chirico, Léger, Picabia, exh. cat. (Los Angelos: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), 100, pl. 41, ill.
  • Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 199, ill.
  • Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 126, 129, fig. 126.
  • Robert L. Herbert, Eleanor S. Apter, and Elise K. Kenney, The Société Anonyme and the Dreier Bequest at Yale University: A Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1984), 405, no. 431, ill.
  • John Golding and Christopher Green, Leger and Purist Paris, exh. cat. (London: Tate Gallery, 1970).
  • Francoise Forster-Hahn, French and School of Paris Paintings in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1968), 14–15.
  • Robert Rosenblum, Cubism and Twentieth Century Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1960), 145, 320, fig. 86.
  • Collection of the Société Anonyme: Museum of Modern Art 1920 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1950), 152-53, ill.
  • Katherine S. Dreier, James Johnson Sweeney, and Naum Gabo, Three Lectures on Modern Art (New York: Philosophical Library, 1949), 28, ill.
  • Georges Edouard Lemaitre, From Cubism to Surrealism in French Literature (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1941), 112.
  • George Heard Hamilton, "The Exhibition of the Collection of the Societe Anonyme: The Museum of Modern Art, 1920," Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 10, no. 3 (December 1941): 3.
  • Katherine S. Dreier, "Explaining Modern Art," American Art Student and Commercial Artist 10 (March 1927): 46-47, ill.
  • Katherine S. Dreier, Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Modern Art Assembled by the Societe Anonyme, exh. cat. (New York: Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1926), 15, ill.
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