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The bicycle



Fernand Léger


04 Feb 1881 - 17 Aug 1955


Alternative title

La Bicyclette



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


64.8 x 50.8 cm stretcher; 83.0 x 68.2 x 4.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., blue oil "F.LÉGER./ 30" and u.l. verso, black oil "... / F. LÉGER. 30".


Gift of Mrs H.V. Evatt in memory of the late Dr H.V. Evatt 1966


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Fernand Léger

Works in the collection


Shown in 11 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Paul Rosenberg, pre Dec 1939, Paris/France, Listed in 1939 exhibition catalogue as in Rosenberg's collection

Dr. H.V. Evatt, Dec 1939-Mar 1966, Australia, Purchased by Dr Evatt from David Jones Art Gallery, December 1939. Purchased from 'The Daily Telegraph Exhibition of French and British Modern Art'.

Mrs H.V. Evatt, pre 25 Mar 1966, Australia, Gift of Mrs H.V. Evatt 1966

Referenced in 11 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 49 (colour illus.).

Renee Free, Art and Australia, 'European Collection', p.63-75, Sydney, Jul 1972, 75 (illus.).

Lionel Lindsay, Addled Art, Sydney, 1942, 24 (illus. op.).

Ann Stephen, Cubism & Australian art, 'La Bicyclette [The bicycle]', pg. 14-15, Melbourne, 2009, 15 (colour illus.).

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Battle of the new: Picasso and peers versus the pillars of the Australian art establishment', pg. 14-18, Sydney, Mar 2005, 18 (colour illus.).

Nick Waterlow (Director), The 1988 Australian Biennale: from the Southern Cross: a view of world art c.1940-88, Sydney, 1988, 179 (colour illus.). no catalogue numbers

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'New acquisitions', Sydney, Apr 1967, (illus.).

An exhibition of French art at the National Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney, 1944. 113

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Daily Telegraph exhibition of French and British modern art, Sydney, 1939. 58

Editor Unknown (Editor), Contemporary Art Society Loan Exhibition, Sydney, 1950. 54

unknown author., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Review - 1988 Biennale', Sydney, 21 May 1988, (illus.).