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Robert Delaunay

French, 1885–1941

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Robert Delaunay

French, 1885–1941

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With his embrace of color contrasts and abstraction, Robert Delaunay pioneered the transition from Cubism to lyrical abstraction along with his wife Sonia Delaunay and Frantisek Kupka. The poet Guillaume Apollinaire coined their new style Orphism, in reference to the mythological figure Orpheus. Taking the fragmented Cubist forms as his starting point, Delaunay imbued his work with Fauvist and Neo-Impressionist-inspired color to create a sense of dynamism that appealed to the senses. His first “Eiffel Tower” series (1910-12) exemplifies what Delaunay referred to as his destructive phase, an exploration of the potential of light to disintegrate a solid structure. He became one of the earliest completely non-representational painters with his “Windows” (1912) and “Colored Discs” (1913) series. Orphism greatly influenced the Munich-based group of painters known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), including Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc.

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Biography

With his embrace of color contrasts and abstraction, Robert Delaunay pioneered the transition from Cubism to lyrical abstraction along with his wife Sonia Delaunay and Frantisek Kupka. The poet Guillaume Apollinaire coined their new style Orphism, in reference to the mythological figure Orpheus. Taking the fragmented Cubist forms as his starting point, Delaunay imbued his work with Fauvist and Neo-Impressionist-inspired color to create a sense of dynamism that appealed to the senses. His first “Eiffel Tower” series (1910-12) exemplifies what Delaunay referred to as his destructive phase, an exploration of the potential of light to disintegrate a solid structure. He became one of the earliest completely non-representational painters with his “Windows” (1912) and “Colored Discs” (1913) series. Orphism greatly influenced the Munich-based group of painters known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), including Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
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Dec 29th, 2017
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