About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Robert DelaunayFrench (1885 - 1941)
  • title:
    L'Équipe de Cardiff [The Cardiff Team]
  • date created:
    1922 - 1923
  • materials:
    Oil and tempera on canvas
  • measurements:
    146.80 x 114.20 cm; Framed: 155.70 x 123.30 x 5.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1985
  • accession number:
    GMA 2942
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  • subject:
  • glossary:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Delaunay

Robert Delaunay