Oil on the table
Robert Delaunay is considered one of the fathers of abstract art, together with his wife Sonia Terk and the Czech painter František Kupka, among others. Starting from Cézanne's research and Picasso's Cubism, Delaunay pushed, between 1912 and 1913, towards the dissolution of the subject represented through the prismatic effects of color seen in terms of light. This is what Apollinaire defined Orphic Cubism in the same years. Between 1925 and 1927, the years in which Paysage was created, abstraction in Europe already took on a mature dimension. However Delaunay, after his first abstract tests, recovers the link with the figurative element. The process of abstraction for the artist starts from the urban landscape, a real datum that remains recognizable: the houses, the bridges, the factories in the distance, the masses of vegetation, the stretch of water. All these elements, which give life to a complex architectural fabric, are expressed through geometric shapes, straight and curved lines, plastic components of an abstract language that coexist in a dynamic relationship with color. The dynamism of Paysage is an optimistic reflection on the urban environment through the new technological vision of the world that carries within it all the influences of the research of the greatest artists of the beginning of the century to which the abstractionists are indebted: the analytical painting of Cézanne, the post-impressionist painting, the experience of cubism.