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Eiffel Tower

See Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1950-134-43b, for reverse

Robert Delaunay, French, 1885 - 1941

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
c. 1925

Medium:
Oil on burlap

Dimensions:
51 1/2 × 12 1/2 inches (130.8 × 31.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1950-134-43a

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Label:
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.

Provenance

Estate of the artist until 1946; sold through Marcel Duchamp as agent to Louise and Walter C. Arensberg, Los Angeles, 1946 [1]; 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).