• Robert Delaunay - The Runners, 1925 - On Paper

Robert Delaunay - The Runners, 1925 - On Paper

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'Delaunay was fascinated by sport, which for him was bound up with an optimism about the future,’ says Jean-Marc Decrop, who owns the original of this painting. ‘It is part of that early 20th-century hope for the advance of science.’ Delaunay painted numerous versions of The Runners. Some are entirely representational; others, like this one, are ‘somewhere between cubism and abstraction.’ In all of them, the artist play with the juxtaposition of the runners’ striped shirts. ‘Those experiments connect to the scientific theories of Michel Chevreul, who showed how some colours change when contrasted with others, says Decrop. ‘It makes for a painting that is bright and very joyful.'

Unframed: 54,7 x 45,3 cm - Framed: 57,7 x 48,3 cm
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Robert Delaunay (1885-1941) was at the heart of the Parisian avant-garde in the first decades of the twentieth century. He and his wife, the painter and designer Sonia Delaunay, lived on the same street as Picasso, socialised with other artists and poets such as Rousseau, Léger and Appollinaire; and made their own distinctive contribution the explosive artistic experiments of the age. Delaunay was seen as a founder of ‘orphism’. The term, derived from the Greek mythological figure Orpheus, was intended to suggest a deep and instinctive urge to create art. Delaunay preferred the designation ‘simultanism’, but in his youth he was certainly orphic in his methods. He would paint in frenzied bouts of activity, during which he stayed in the studio every waking moment, not stopping to eat or wash or engage with the outside world.

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