Robert Delaunay: Portuguese Woman (1916)

Robert Delaunay, Portuguese Woman (The Large Portuguese), 1916, Oil and wax on canvas. 180 x 205 cm Carmen Thyssen Collection

“The outbreak of the First World War found Robert and Sonia Delaunay vacationing in the Spanish resort of San Sebastián. After spending some time in Madrid, they lived from June 1915 to March 1916 in the Portuguese village of Vila do Conde, near Oporto. Both painters were fascinated by the warm, clear light of northern Portugal, which they captured in a series of paintings of country markets. Although Robert Delaunay had ventured into abstract art in 1912–13, unlike other painters, such as Kandinsky and Kupka, he never saw abstraction as an end in itself. Here, figurative and abstract elements merge to enhance the dynamic arrangement of colour. Delaunay maximised colour saturation by mixing oil with wax, a technique he abandoned after his stay in Portugal.”

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Good morning to you! Thank you for the bright colors to start our day!

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    1. Good morning, Sheila! Have a wonderful day! 🙂🌺


  2. shoreacres says:

    Speaking of abstraction, I’m rather fond of the three-eyed, grinning ‘monster’ I see at the bottom of the painting, toward the left.

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    1. hahahah….now I can’t unsee the little rascal! 😂🌺

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  3. gabychops says:

    Thank you, Sunny, for the introduction to the interesting painter and his devoted artist wife. I like their ideas about color, culture, and life.


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    1. My pleasure, always, Joanna. 🙂🌺


  4. Ashley says:

    I love the lighter fresher colours here! 🌹🙋‍♂️

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    1. I am happy you enjoy this, too, Ashley. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂🌺


  5. Michele Lee says:

    Gorgeous color and vibrant energy! ✨ Thank you!

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  6. This one takes my mind to the work of Wilma Af Klimt. 😊
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure, Gia. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. 🙂🌺

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  7. Scarlett says:

    This piece is stunning. Too bad that he abandoned this style but I guess that it was his path. The color palette and shapes are so nice.

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    1. I’m happy you enjoy this, Scarlett. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. 🙂🌺


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