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Mario Sironi

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The Cyclist (Il ciclista), 1916
Oil on canvas, 96 x 71 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Gift, Giovanni and Lilian Pandini, Bergamo, 2008
2008.62
© Mario Sironi, by SIAE 2008


The partial view of the back wheel, declaring the racing cyclist’s forward motion, evokes a photographic illustration from La Gazzetta dello Sport. The pleasure of this painting rests in the vehemence with which Sironi has applied oil paint—in vigorous choppy strokes on the grass to the right, with flicks of white to suggest the spokes of the wheel, and streaks for the fast approaching camber; broad planes for the tense left leg and feathery touches for the slack right leg.

credits: Hangar Design Group