Robert Delaunay – Rhythm, Joy of Life (1930)

Inspired by 19th century theories about the perception and psychology of color, French artist Robert Delaunay created his own art movement, called Simultanéisme. Simultaneity, in Delauney’s view, meant that color could take a form of its own, affecting the spatial dimension of a composition and the perception of movement within it.  One of his biggest admirers, Guillaume Apollinaire, gave the movement the more poetic name of Orphism – from Orpheus, the Greek god of music.

Greatly influenced by Neo-Impresisonism, Cubism and Futurism in the first part of his career, by the 1930s the artist’s work became completely abstract and devoted to color as its main subject. Rhythm, Joy of Life (Rhythme, Joie de Vivre) is an abstract artwork that uses bold colors to reflect the joy of living, the exhuberance and harmony that Delaunay experienced while painting.

Robert Delaunay – Rhythm, Joy of Life (1930)

It’s a balanced composition filled with warm colors (orange, yellow, red) with contrast and motion being added by the use of blues, greens and black  and by the diagonal and vertical lines intersecting the circles. We’re witnessing a galaxy of rhythms and colors.The disks are a motif that the French artist used extensively throughout his career – particularly later in his life –  a trademark that makes his works easily recognizable today.

 

10 Comments Add yours

  1. This picture is full of festivity
    “I would have danced all night
    I would have danced all night”:)
    Thank you, Gabriela
    That reminds me of the Russian painter Natalia Goncharova. Her style is called rayonism
    I send you one of my favorite painting of her , Cats’ https://goo.gl/images/sMpU2g

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    1. Gabriela says:

      Goncharova has some really good paintings!

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  2. These are the kind of painting that make a layman think, ohh well, even I could paint that , even my third grade son could paint that 😛

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    1. It only seems this painting is very difficult to paint you have to know chemistry of colors, Rahul 🙂

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    2. Gabriela says:

      Are you speaking for yourself or playing devil’s advocate? Either way, this painting makes me crave kiwis and tropical fruits so badly! I don’t think any kid could achieve that effect on me.

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      1. Ahh, I was just playing a funny devil’s advocate. I am sure there is more to this than meets the eye. 🙂
        Umm.. time to have a kiwi..
        What an assovau with tropical fruits. My Mind wanders and wonders too now.

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  3. Emma Cownie says:

    Wonderful work – Sonia his wife was just as good!

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    1. Gabriela says:

      Yes, Sonia deserves more recognition. I should feature her too.

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