Robert Delaunay ( 1885-1941) was a French Painter of the early twentieth century. He worked as an apprentice to a theatre designer before beginning to paint. His early work was influenced by Neo Impressionism and Cézanne. In 1910 he married the painter Sonia Terk with whom he would develop an abstract practice, full of pure colours, a style that Appollinaire named ‘Orphism’. He continued to paint both figurative and abstract themes until 1930 when he turned to complete abstraction, creating compositions of circular discs and colour rhythms.