See Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1950-134-43b, for reverse
Robert Delaunay, French, 1885 - 1941
Made in France, Europe Date:
Oil on burlapDimensions:
51 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (130.8 x 31.7 cm)Curatorial Department:
Modern and Contemporary ArtObject Location:
Currently not on viewAccession Number:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
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This is a study for a painting that Robert Delaunay contributed to Robert Mallet-Stevens’s hall for a model French embassy at the 1925 Paris International Decorative Arts Exhibition. The conservative exhibition commissioner judged the work too modern and removed it just prior to the opening. After the decision prompted a wave of protests by the Paris cultural community, the painting was reinstalled.
Estate of the artist until 1946; sold to Louise and Walter C. Arensberg, Los Angeles, through Marcel Duchamp as agent, 1946 ; gift to PMA, 1950.
1. According to provenance notes made by Duchamp (letter of 8 Sept. 1951 to Arensbergs, Arensberg Archives, CA Use Tax 1951).