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Robert Delaunay


 French  Orphic Cubist  Painter, Designer and member of the Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter) Group

Artistically and stylistically influenced  the following painters and art movements  - Wassily Kandinsky,  André Derain, Post-Impressionism, Gauguin, and  Cubism

Cause of Death - Cancer

Robert Delaunay Quotations

I am very much afraid of definitions, and yet one is almost forced to make them. One must take care, too, not to be inhibited by them. --Robert Delaunay

I say it is indispensable to look ahead of and behind oneself in the present. If there is such a thing as tradition, and I believe there is, it can only exist in the sense of the most profound movements of culture. -- Robert Delaunay

Human vision is endowed with the greatest Reality, since it comes to us directly from the contemplation of the Universe. --Robert Delaunay

If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive, divisionist, literary. -- Robert Delaunay  

For me, every man distinguishes himself by his essence his personal movement, as opposed to that which is universal.
Robert Delaunay

Description of Robert Delaunay's Style

The prevailing characteristic of Robert Delaunay's work is vivid colors, circular compositions and lyrical movement. His colors were the most spectacular of any painter of his generation. During his early cubist period he favored a pallet of brilliant orange, greens and reds. As he matured he gravitated towards pure abstraction and a cooler palette. He avoided redundant detail, instead using dazzling color and strong lines to produce works of genius.  He felt the composition of colors was as essential as a painting's subject matter in communicating meaning. Robert Delaunay's work is high-keyed, exploratory and intense. He explored in his  art a new world of passion and vibrancy, but with a expressiveness and profound understanding of color

Related Artists

 Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)

Maurice Vlaminck (1876-1958)

Matisse (1869-1954)

Henri Manguin (1874-1949)

Georges Braque (1882-1963)

 Franz Marc (1880-1916)

André Derain (1880-1954)


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