Born Paris 1885. Most of Delaunay’s career was spent experimenting with the abstract qualities of colour. From 1906 he particularly concentrated on the connection between colour, movement and emotion. By 1912 his work was completely abstract and the Formes Circulaires series are some of the earliest non-objective paintings. His work was known as Orphism, nothing but colour and contrasts of colour. Delaunay believed that before his time colour had merely been seen as colouring and not important in itself. He abandoned all traditional methods such as drawing and perspective and worked on his artistic goals merely with the aid of colour. His was a revolutionary character, interested in new methods and expression. ‘Forms Circulaires- Soleil No.3’ 1912/3 was one of the first completely abstract paintings by a French artist, and gave Delaunay a name as a pioneer of abstraction, influencing many other artists. It shows the dynamic power of colour and how optical vibrations could be controlled by the proportion, intensity and surface texture of the colours. These are not descriptions of movements – they are movements. Died Montpellier 1941.

DEL011 Homage to Bleriot
DEL011 Homage to Bleriot

Robert Delaunay

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DEL012 The Cardiff Team
DEL012 The Cardiff Team

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DEL016 Airship and Tower, 1909
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DEL018 Blue Still Life, 1907
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DEL021 Circle Forms, 1930
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DEL022 Circular Shapes, 1912
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DEL023 Circular Shapes, Sun No.1, 1912
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DEL028 Eiffel Tower, 1910
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DEL029 Eiffel Tower, 1910
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DEL030 Eiffel Tower, 1926
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DEL031 Eiffel Tower, 1928
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DEL032 Endless Rhythm, 1934
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DEL033 Helix, 1923
DEL033 Helix, 1923

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DEL035 La Ciudad de Paris, 1910
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DEL037 Portrait Madame Heim, 1927
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DEL038 Portrait of Henry Carlier, 1906
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DEL039 Portugal, 1916
DEL039 Portugal, 1916

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DEL040 Saint-Séverin No. 3. 1909-1910
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DEL041 Self-Portrait, 1909
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DEL043 Simultaneous Windows, 1912
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DEL047 Still Life, 1915
DEL047 Still Life, 1915

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DEL048 Street in Laon Study, 1912
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DEL051 The City No.2, 1910
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DEL052 The City of Paris, 1910/12
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DEL053 The City of Paris, 1911
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DEL057 The Kiss, 1922/23
DEL057 The Kiss, 1922/23

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DEL060 The Runners
DEL060 The Runners

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DEL062 The Towers of Laon Study, 1912
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DEL063  The Towers of Laon, 1912
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DEL064  The Window to the City, 1910
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DEL065  Window Picture, 1912
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DEL066 Window, 1912/1913
DEL066 Window, 1912/1913

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DEL068 Woman at the Hair Salon, 1920
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DEL129 Joie de Vivre, 1930
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SA109 Formes Circulaires-Soleil
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SA129 Rhythme, Joie de Vivre
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