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Artist: Fernand Léger, French, 1881–1955

Composition No. VII


Oil on canvas mounted on aluminum

framed: 132.72 × 91.92 × 3.81 cm (52 1/4 × 36 3/16 × 1 1/2 in.)
Gift of Collection Société Anonyme
20th century
On view

Leonce Rosenberg, Paris; Collection of the Societe Anonyme, New York (bought from Leonce Rosenberg in 1926).


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.

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, James Johnson Sweeney, and Naum Gabo, Three Lectures on Modern Art (New York: Philosophical Library, 1949), 28, ill.

Collection of the Société Anonyme: Museum of Modern Art 1920 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1950), 152-53, ill.

Robert Rosenblum, Cubism and Twentieth Century Art (New York: Abrams, 1960), 145, 320, fig. 86.

Francoise Forster-Hahn, French and School of Paris Paintings in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1968), 14–15.

John Golding and Christopher Green, Leger and Purist Paris, exh. cat. (London: Tate Gallery, 1970).

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.

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.

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.

Christopher Green and Jens M. Daehner, Modern Antiquity: Picasso, De Chirico, Léger, Picabia, exh. cat. (Los Angelos: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), 100, pl. 41, ill.

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