La Tour Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower)

Robert Delaunay3958

Museum Folkwang

Museum Folkwang
Essen, Germany

With his depiction of the Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris built in 1889 as a spectacular example of French engineering, Robert Delaunay produced a shocking scenario of the decline and fall of the modern world. His admiration for industrial progress contrasts with his pictorial destruction of the architectural construction, to the point of a formal dissolution of the motif. Its only remaining relation to the city is the view of the curved paths on the Champ de Mars. The tower itself, exploded into schematic pieces, traverses the painting diagonally, its tip covered by prism-like clouds. Delaunay dedicated this painting, part of a series of about 15 of the Eiffel Tower, to his friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who wrote ardent poems and texts on the artist's work and on the modern metropolis of Paris.


  • Title: La Tour Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower)
  • Creator: Robert Delaunay
  • Creator Lifespan: 1885/1941
  • Date: 3958
  • Provenance: Acquired in 1964 with the support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Museum Folkwang
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Höhe: 130 cm
  • Collection: Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Breite: 97 cm

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