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This painting is part of an early series of works by Delaunay on the subject of the city. It was inspired by a postcard photograph of the rooftops of Paris taken from the top of the Arc de Triomphe and looking towards the Eiffel Tower. It appears to have been a study for a more finished painting which is now known only in reproduction, and which included the Eiffel Tower at the top of the composition. It is possible that this study also originally included the Eiffel Tower at the top and was at some point cut down by the artist.

July 2007