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Technology-Driven Art

Featuring Robert Delaunay's Soleil, Tour, Aéroplane (Sun, Tower, Airplane), 1913

Robert Delaunay (French, 1885–1941). Soleil, Tour, Aéroplane (Sun, Tower, Airplane), 1913. Oil on canvas, 52 x 51 5/8 inches (132.1 x 131.1 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; A. Conger Goodyear Fund, 1964 (1964:14).

Lesson Plan Details

Conceptual Basis

Sun, Tower, Airplane, 1913, by Robert Delaunay, is a celebration of modern technological advancements in the early twentieth century. The painting depicts Delaunay’s enthusiasm for technological developments in the new and modern world through the use of bright colors and fragmented imagery. This lesson will introduce students to three significant technological feats of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries while encouraging them to reflect upon the technologies we experience in today’s society.