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L'Équipe de Cardiff [The Cardiff Team]
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L'Équipe de Cardiff [The Cardiff Team] 1922 - 1923
In 1912 Delaunay began the first of several versions of 'The Cardiff Team'. The motif derived from a newspaper photograph of a Cardiff-Paris rugby match, which showed players jumping for the ball. Delaunay added Paris's famous Ferris wheel and an 'Astra' billboard, which advertises an aircraft construction company. The letters on the hoarding to the right derive from the artist's own name. The Eiffel Tower features in many of Delaunay's paintings, as the artist regarded it as the archetypal symbol of modernity. It is here seen emerging above the fragment of his name.

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Modernity

The state of embracing the most up-to-date ideas and techniques. In art, the notion is often associated with the 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire who encouraged artists to represent the modern world based on their lived experience.

Motif

A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Modernity, Motif

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 2942
  • Medium Oil and tempera on canvas
  • Size 146.80 x 114.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1985