Reverse of Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1950-134-42a
Robert Delaunay, French, 1885 - 1941
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The French artist Robert Delaunay completed a remarkable series of paintings of the Eiffel Tower between 1909 and 1914 in which the vertiginous iron structure is fragmented and distorted through shifting perspectives and prismatic color. By the time the artist completed this version, the Eiffel Tower, which was built for the 1889 Exposition universelle in Paris, had become a symbol of technological progress and modernity.