Robert DELAUNAY


Robert DELAUNAY, Self-portrait.

Robert DELAUNAY (1885 – 1941) was a French painter, born in Paris. He with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others co-founded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colors and geometric shapes. His key influence related to bold use of color and a clear love of experimentation with both depth and tone. “Without visual perception, there is no light, no movement,” he once explained. “This movement is provided by relationships of uneven measures, by color contrasts, which constitute reality.”

During the later stages of his career, after painting various figurative themes such as nude women reading, runners, and portraits the artist’s work became increasingly abstract, often consisting only of concentric circles of different hues.

Today his works are held in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Kunstmuseum Basel, among others.




Robert DELAUNAY, Self-portrait.

Robert DELAUNAY (1885 – 1941) was a French painter, born in Paris. He with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others co-founded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colors and geometric shapes. His key influence related to bold use of color and a clear love of experimentation with both depth and tone. “Without visual perception, there is no light, no movement,” he once explained. “This movement is provided by relationships of uneven measures, by color contrasts, which constitute reality.”

During the later stages of his career, after painting various figurative themes such as nude women reading, runners, and portraits the artist’s work became increasingly abstract, often consisting only of concentric circles of different hues.

Today his works are held in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Kunstmuseum Basel, among others.