This painting by the important french artist Robert Delaunay comes from his early period, characterized by an expressionistic rendering and wild handling of paint. In spite of riotous colors the painting is very refined. Executed directly on a rough canvas with a thick application of oil paint, the work is now very unstable.
Despite previous restoration efforts, it required consolidation of the paint and mild cleaning of the heavily textured, pasty surface. Even a small intensity of cleaning of the blinded surface and saturation of the disturbed oil brings a satisfying shift of tonal contrasts and allows us to understand the artist’s preoccupation with paint as a vehicle of visual emotion in the painting process.