ROBERT DELAUNAY (1885-1941) Relief bronze 51 1/4 in. (130.2cm) (height)
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ROBERT DELAUNAY
(1885-1941)
Relief bronze 51 1/4 in. (130.2cm) (height)
Sold for US$ 45,000 inc. premium
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ROBERT DELAUNAY (1885-1941) Relief bronze 51 1/4 in. (130.2cm) (height)
Lot Details
ROBERT DELAUNAY (1885-1941)
Relief bronze
signed and numbered 'r. delaunay 3/5' (lower right edge) and stamped with the foundry mark 'Susse Fondeur Paris' (along the lower edge)
bronze with gold patina
51 1/4 in. (130.2cm) (height)
Conceived in 1936-1937 and cast by the Susse foundry under the supervision of Sonia Delaunay between 1962 and 1971 in a numbered edition of 5 plus one artist's proof

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Private collection, Chicago.
    Galerie Beyeler, Basel.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner on 22 September 1975.

    LITERATURE
    A. Lerner, et al., The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, New York, 1974, p. 682, fig. 409, p. 295 (another cast illustrated).

    The attribution to Robert Delaunay has been confirmed by Jean-Louis Delaunay and Richard Riss.

    Focusing on the manipulation of shape, light and perspective, Robert Delaunay's fascination with radiating circular forms of color in his exploration of Orphism translates well to sculpture, as seen in Relief bronze. The tactility of bronze lends a clear reading of shadow and depth that Delaunay's paintings strive to express through the exploration of color and contract. Here, contrast is shadow and sheen, noting the multi-layered vision Delaunay has for his exploration of painting.
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