Punta Campanella Seen from Capri is one of Delaunay's rare painted landscapes.
Preferring sketchbooks or loose sheets for this kind of view, he rarely took the trouble to really concentrate on landscape, except as part of his historical and religious works.
Divided into two parts by a simple, harmonious use of line, this Punta Campanella is an isolated example in Delaunay's career.
The artist brings great precision to the drawing of the contours of the Sorrento peninsula and the Amalfi coastline, and catches perfectly the already declining September light, with the far background taking on a misty, bluish tinge.
The composition is reminiscent of those of his friend Edgar Degas at the same period, displaying a slight ruggedness of touch subdued by a sober range of colours.
After two years at the Villa Medici in Rome, Delaunay decided to travel in Italy, and in 1859 he joined Edgar Degas, Gustave Moreau, Léon Bonnat and Henri Chapu in Naples.
In September he delightedly revisited Paestum and Capri in the company of painter Felix Linnet and the architects Edmond Guillaume and Ernest Coquart.
The starting point for this thumbnail work was a drawing dating from 1857.
Delaunay kept the painting all his life.