Monday, February 18, 2013

Orphism: Sonia and Robert Delaunay

Landscape with a Disk, 1906

Tour Eiffel, 1911

La Tour Eiffel Rouge

Simultaneous Windows on the City, 1912

Le Premier Disque, 1913

Les Coureurs (1913)

Race Walkers c. 1920

Robert Delaunay (1885 – 1941) was a French artist who, with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others, cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. His later works were more abstract, reminiscent of Paul Klee. His key influence related to bold use of colour, and a clear love of experimentation of both depth and tone.

Sonia Delaunay (French, 1885-1979)

Philomène (1907) 
oil on canvas 41.3 x 33.4 cm

 Rythme, 1938

Untitled, 1956. 
Oil on canvas laid on canvas, 110 x 75.5 cm