Robert Delaunay

1885 (Paris) – 1941 (Montpellier, France)

Kandinsky invited Delaunay to join the Blaue Reiter group in Munich: he strongly influenced Klee and Macke, and another younger friend, Hofmann. Metzinger participated with Delaunay in the first Cubist exhibition. Sonia (formerly Terk) was his wife and artistic companion. Apollinaire coined a term for his friend’s art and briefly lived with the Delaunays; Gris used to go out on the town with them, and Laurencin joined them in exile in Barcelona. Delaunay was a friend to both Tzara and Soupault, painting their portraits, and was among the first to befriend Arp, Ernst and Chagall on their arrival in Paris.