Robert Delaunay, ‘La Tour simultanée’, 1910-1911, Christie's
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

Robert Delaunay

La Tour simultanée, 1910-1911

Gouache, pen and India ink and brown ink, colored pencils over pencil on parchment
24 7/8 × 18 7/8 in
63.2 × 47.9 cm
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
C
Christie's
Signature
Signed, dated and dedicated 'r. delaunay. .1910 à Herwarth Walden' (lower left) and titled and inscribed '“La Tour” simultanée Bas Haut' …
Robert Delaunay
French, 1885–1941
Follow

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.

Robert Delaunay, ‘La Tour simultanée’, 1910-1911, Christie's
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
C
Christie's
Signature
Signed, dated and dedicated 'r. delaunay. .1910 à Herwarth Walden' (lower left) and titled and inscribed '“La Tour” simultanée Bas Haut' …
Robert Delaunay
French, 1885–1941
Follow

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.

Robert Delaunay

La Tour simultanée, 1910-1911

Gouache, pen and India ink and brown ink, colored pencils over pencil on parchment
24 7/8 × 18 7/8 in
63.2 × 47.9 cm
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Related works
Most Similar