Robert DELAUNAY |
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France 1885 - 1941
Robert-Victor-Félix Delaunay was born in Paris on April 12, 1885. In 1902, after secondary education, he apprenticed in a studio for theater sets in Belleville. In 1903 he started painting and by 1904 was exhibiting, that year and in 1906 at the Salon d'Automne and from 1904 until World War I at the Salon des Indépendants. Between 1905 and 1907 Delaunay became friendly with Henri Rousseau and Jean Metzinger and studied the color theories of M E Chevreul; he was then painting in Neo-Impressionist manner. Paul Cézanne's work also influenced Delaunay around this time. From 1907-08 he served in the military in Laon and upon returning to Paris he had contact with the Cubists. The period 1909-10 saw the emergence of Delaunay's personal style: he painted his first Eiffel Tower in 1909. In 1910 Delaunay married the painter Sonia Terk, who became his collaborator on many projects. Delaunay's participation in exhibitions in Germany and association with advanced artists working there began in 1911, the year Vasily Kandinsky invited him to participate in the first Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) exhibition in Munich. At this time he became friendly with Guillaume Apollinaire, Albert Gleizes, and Hen ...
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