Robert Delaunay, Eiffel Tower, 1924, oil on canvas, 63.42” x 38.11”, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. © 2013 . All rights reserved.

Delaunay’s Dizzy Modernism

The French artist Robert Delaunay celebrated modern life in this bright and colorful aerial view of the Eiffel Tower, an icon of the industrial world that was constructed in 1889 of wrought iron for the Paris International Exposition.  The aerial perspective references Louis Blériot’s flight across the English Channel in 1909.

Characteristically, the color in Delaunay’s painting provides the structure as well as the movement with its vibrancy and dynamism.  It is an optimistic painting of an inspiring and promising future.