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Eiffel Tower

Artist
Robert Delaunay, French, 1885–1941
Date
1924
Material
Oil on canvas
Depicts
Paris, Île-de-France, Western Europe, France, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 213
Dimensions
63 5/8 × 38 1/8 in. (161.6 × 96.8 cm)
framed: 69 × 43 1/2 × 2 1/2 in. (175.3 × 110.5 × 6.4 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton D. May
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
536:1956
NOTES
Robert Delaunay’s “Eiffel Tower” represents this famed Parisian landmark, which was a symbol of modern technology in the early 20th century. The dark steel structure has been transformed into rich tones of yellow, orange, and lavender; the surrounding gardens are abstracted patterns of green and yellow. Influenced by fauvism, an art movement that championed the use of vivid colors, Delaunay affirmed that “everything is color in nature.” The artist used an aerial viewpoint, probably informed by his own background as an early aviator.
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