Colorful Painter Who Traveled in Good Company : Thoughts on Robert Delaunay

April 12 is the birthday of Sonia Delaunay’s partner, who in his youth helped Henri Rousseau and in his later years received support from the Guggenheims

Painter Robert Delaunay (1885–1941) wanted people to do more than see movement in his canvases. He wanted them to feel motion with their eyes, to experience it. And he wanted to share his great enthusiasm for a world undergoing rapid technological change.

Robert Delaunay: Hommage à Blériot, 1914, Kunstmuseum Basel. Image in public domain.
Blériot at the start of his Channel flight , both images from Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum archives
Blériot in Dover. Photo, U.S. Library of Congress.
Delaunay, Autoportrait, Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP. Public domain image via Wikipedia.
Photo, American National Red Cross photograph collection, 1919, Library of Congress. Delaunay’s Eiffel Tower, 1909, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Georges Braque, Harbor, 1909, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Screenshot of image in public domain.
Delaunay, Champs de Mars: La Tour Rouge, 1911, Wikipedia public domain image of work in Art Institute of Chicago. Photo, Library of Congress.
Guggenheim’s Eiffel Tower with Trees, 1910, and Philadelphia’s Eiffel Tower, 1909.
Delaunay’s Eiffel Tower with Trees, 1910. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection

The (Fake?) Countess, the Tax Collector and the Snake Charmer

Rousseau’s Fight between a Tiger and a Buffalo, 1908. Cleveland Museum of Art.
The Snake Charmer, 1907. Paris, Musée d’Orsay, legacy of Jacques Doucet, 1936, in public domain, image from Toledo Museum of Art website.
Sonia wearing her own creations. Anonymous, possibly by Zockoll — Museo Thyssen, image from public domain via Wikipedia.
Robert’s Portuguese woman, 1916, from Columbus Museum of Art’s site. Sonia’s Portuguese market, 1915, from website of Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
Robert’s Simultaneous Contrasts: Sun and Moon, 1913 (dated on painting 1912), screenshot of MOMA page. Painting itself is in public domain.
Manège de cochons, 1922. Centre Pompidou.
Eiffel Tower and the Gardens, Champs de Mars, 1922, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Smithsonian.
Air fer et eau étude (a study of Air, Iron and Water), 1937. Image in public domain via Wikipedia.

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