Friday, 11 April 2014


4" x 4" Mini Master on Canvas Panel
Homage to Robert Delaunay on his birthday

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When I reviewed Delaunay's work "Premier Disque" 1913 seemed the natural choice because I have a history of loving circles and suns. The original is over four feet square and the Mini Master Series uses a 4 inche square format. I wanted to echo the essence of the original with colour and attempt to duplicate   the emotional response. The final result packs quite a punch and I imagine the large, but simple original created quite a stir in pre-WWI Europe.

I chose to follow the dividing lines and cut the circle in four, rotate and leave a central empty star. When I completed it to this stage, The star proved too dominant and I decided to re-state the original circle in a Monet-esque swirling orange to complete the diminutive piece. Some may say this is too much of a departure and destroys the integrity of the piece. I, on the other hand, I love that central sun (being cadmium yellow and red the camera over reacts so imagine it a few notches less vibrant).

File:Robert Delaunay, 1913, Premier Disque, 134 cm, 52.7 inches, Private collection.jpgROBERT DELAUNAY

 (12 April 1885 – 25 October 1941) A French artist who, with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others, co-founded the Orphism art movement which is noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. His gift was the bold use of colour and a clear love of experimentation in both depth and tone. Although he started his painting life as a fairly natural painter, his later were increasingly abstract.

Robert Delaunay, 1912-1913, Premier Disque,
134 cm (52.7 inches) square - Private collection

Cat # 14072 My Inner Circle