Art You Should Know About #7: Robert Delaunay

This week, the colour-obsessed founder of Orphism

You’ve heard of Cubism, Impressionism and possibly a few other -isms, but here’s one you probably haven’t heard of: Orphism.

The abstract works of Orphism’s founder, Robert Delaunay, were revolutionary at the time. This movement is all about the power of colour: the belief that optical characteristics of brilliant colours are so dynamic, they produce the very form of a work of art.

Delaunay’s work encourages the viewer to see their world as a series of shapes and colours. The bright hues unfold like a tapestry, and we contemplate our place within it.

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Lisa Temple, Senior Manager of Curation and Content at Art.co.uk suggests:  “Let colour be the focus with a work like this. A clean white frame is all you need.”

Interesting fact: Robert Delauney was obsessed with the Eiffel Tower. He painted it over 60 times throughout his life and described it as the “centre of the universe.”


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MORE ART YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT:

Cody Cobb 
Helen Frankenthaler 
Mario Wagner 
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