Robert Delaunay: Eiffel Tower (c.1925)

Pylons and steel towers very popular in the intter-war years.

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1950-134-43acrop-CX Robert Delaunay, (French, 1885 – 1941), Eiffel Tower, c.1925, Oil on burlap,(130.8 x 31.7 cm), The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Who is Robert Delaunay?

Robert Delaunay (1885 – 1941) is a French artist who, with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others, co-founded the Orphismart movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. His later works were more abstract, reminiscent of Paul Klee. Delaunay’s key influence relates to bold use of colour and a clear love of experimentation with both depth and tone. (wikipedia)

Orphism is distinguished by “faceted compositions, vibrant color, and contemporary subject matter that together conveyed delight in the modern life and its technological innovations.” (TheArtStory.)

Though Delaunay’s paintings draw praise, his narcissistic need to be the center of attention causes conflict with family and colleagues. According to The Art Story

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