Portuguese Still Life
Robert Delaunay ( French, 1885 - 1941 )
From 1914 until 1921, the French artist Robert Delaunay lived with his family on the Iberian Peninsula, ultimately settling in Vila do Conde, Portugal. During this period, he moved away from abstraction and returned to figurative painting. Portuguese Still Life belongs to a group of twelve vibrantly hued paintings, each with an arrangement of tableware and fruit accompanied by a chair draped with striped fabric and a paisley wallpaper backdrop. In spite of the traditional subject, Portuguese Still Life reveals Delaunay’s innovative style in which he depicts space and light through the interaction of pure colors and circular forms.