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See Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1950-134-42b, for reverse

Robert Delaunay, French, 1885 - 1941

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

38 × 27 3/4 inches (96.5 × 70.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Between the spring of 1909 and early 1910, Saint-Séverin, a small thirteenth-century Gothic church near Robert Delaunay's studio in Paris, inspired a series of seven paintings by the artist. In these works, he explored the interaction of light, color, and space in the cavernous church interior and its architecture of twisting columns and pointed arches to produce a kaleidoscopic sensation of shifting perspectives. Transforming the prismatic color he observed refracted through the church's stained-glass windows into images of forms dematerialized by light, Delaunay arrived at a language of visual fragmentation that was much more expressive than other variations of Cubism then taking hold among advanced artists in Paris.