Portrait of the Artist's Father

The Artist's Father


Delaunay never really got to know his father, who died in 1850 when his son was twenty-three. Elie-Vincent Delaunay had become a candle-maker after fighting with Napoleon's troops and being taken prisoner by the English.

Initially he was not in favour of his son's choice of a career as a painter. Stylistically speaking, this work shows what Delaunay had learned from Ingres (Portrait of Monsieur Bertin, 1832, Paris, Musée du Louvre) and Flandrin; it would seem to date from around 1850, when the young artist was very much influenced by Ingres.

Portrait of the Artist's Father
v. 1850
Oil on canvas
93 x 72 cm
S.B.R: E.D.
Purchased 1903
Inv. 915