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ROBERT DELAUNAY Biography, History and Paintings
ROBERT DELAUNAY
(1885-1941) French painter who spent most of his artistic life experimenting with colour and movement.

His palette was juxtaposed and contrasting, influenced in part by the pointillist painter Seurat.

The name 'Orphism' was given to Delaunay's work, which by 1912 was completely abstract, and his work had a major influence on Paul Klee and Auguste Macke.

Although his home became a meeting place for Dada artists, Delaunay's work was seen as repetitive after 1920, when he returned from Spain and Portugal to Paris.

His wife, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, (1885-1979) was most famous as a fashion designer, returning to painting after the Great Depression of the 1930s.

In 1964, she became the first woman to be exhibited at the Louvre in her lifetime.


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