Sonia Delaunay: The Colours of Abstraction…


Sonia Delaunay “Propeller (Air Pavilion), 1937 Pracusa 2014083 Photo Emma Krantz

“Propeller (Air Pavilion), 1937

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay

by uk team
Who is Sonia Delaunay?
Sonia Delaunay (November 14, 1885 – December 5, 1979) was a Russian-born French artist, who spent most of her working life in Paris and, with her husband Robert Delaunay and others, cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. Her work extends to painting, textile design and stage set design. She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at theLouvre in 1964, and in 1975 was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.
Her work in modern design included the concepts of geometric abstraction, the integration of furniture, fabrics, wall coverings, and clothing.
Sonia Delaunay Syncopated rhythm, so-called The Black Snake 1967 Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France

Syncopated rhythm, so-called The Black Snake 1967 Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France

This is the first UK retrospective to assess the breadth of her vibrant artistic practice across a wide range of media. It features the groundbreaking paintings, textiles and clothes she made across a sixty-year career, as well as the results of her innovative collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers, from Diaghilev to Liberty.
Sonia Delaunay Electric Prisms 1913 Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Gift of Mr. Theodore Racoosin© Pracusa 2014083

Electric Prisms 1913, Davis Museum at Wellesley College

Tate Modern
Bankside
London SE1 9TG
15 April – 9 August 2015
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