Robert Delaunay / Champs de Mars: The Red Tower / 1911/1923Robert Delaunay
Champs de Mars: The Red Tower

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Creator Name: Delaunay, Robert
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: French; 1885-1941
Creator Name-CRT: Robert Delaunay
Title: Champs de Mars: The Red Tower
Title Type: preferred
Title: Champ de Mars
Title Type: alternate
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1911
Creation End Date: 1923
Creation Date: 1911/1923
Creation Place: Europe,France
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Modern and Contemporary Art
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 63-1/4 x 50-5/8 in. (160.7 x 128.6 cm)
Inscriptions: Signed with initials and dated lower right: r.d. 1911inscribed, dated and signed on verso:Champs de Mars / LA Tour rouge / 1911 / r. delaunay (epoque destructive)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1959.1
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Joseph Winterbotham Collection
Context: "The Red Tower" refers to the Eiffel Tower, which was built as a centerpiece for the 1889 World's Fair at the edge of the Champs de Mars section of Paris. Originally constructed as the ultimate symbol of modern technology, by the time Delaunay chose it as a subject, it also served as a radio transmission tower. It is one of a series of around eleven paintings of this subject executed between 1909 and 1911. When the painting was reproduced in a catalogue in 1912, it had far more blank areas of canvas than it does now. Exactly when, or for what reason, the artist decided to revise this work is unknown.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1959.1
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 2000

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