Robert Delaunay

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Robert Delaunay, Paysage au disque, 1906–1907, oil on canvas.

Robert Delaunay (1885 – 1941) was a French artist. He was one of the Orphist school of painters, who combined Cubism and abstraction.


  • As long as art cannot get free from the object, it will continue to be a description.
    • "On light"; Quoted in: Susanna Partsch, ‎Paul Klee (2003) Klee. p. 20

Quotes about Robert Delaunay[edit]

  • It used to be said of a woman: why she's a Velázquez infanta! Now it is said: she's a Renoir blonde! I have no doubt that, in the future, it will be proclaimed: she's as exuberant as a Delaunay, as noble as a Le Fauconnier, as beautiful as a Braque or Picasso.
  • Never had the critics been so violent as they were at that time. From which it became clear that these paintings - and I specify the names of the painters who were, alone, the reluctant causes of all this frenzy: Jean Metzinger, Le Fauconnier, Fernand Léger, Robert Delaunay and myself - appeared as a threat to an order that everyone thought had been established forever.

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