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Sonia Delaunay

French, 1885-1979

Sonia Delaunay was a multi-disciplinary abstract artist and key figure in the Parisian avant-garde. Alongside her husband, Robert Delaunay, she pioneered the movement Simultanism. Her exploration of the interaction between colors has created a sense of depth and movement throughout her oeuvre.

She was born Sonia Illinitchna Stern to a Jewish Ukrainian family. At the age of seven she went to live with her comparatively wealthy uncle Henri Terk and his wife, Anna, in St Petersburg, Russia. The Terks offered her a privileged and cultured upbringing in St Petersburg.

About 1911, Delaunay recalled, I had the idea of making for my son, who had just been born, a blanket composed of bits of fabric like those I had seen in the houses of Russian peasants. When it was finished, the arrangement of the pieces of material seemed to me to evoke cubist conceptions and we then tried to apply the same process to other objects and paintings. I always changed everything around me… I made my first white walls so our paintings would look better. I designed my furniture; I have done everything. I have lived my art.

Delaunay’s creativity expanded beyond painting to include many other outlets such as Casa Sonia, an interiors and fashion boutique that she set up 1918. The entire set and costume design of Tristan Tzara’s 1923 play Le Cœur à Gaz; An illustration for the cover of Vogue in 1926; Costumes for the films Le Vertige directed by Marcel L’Herbier and Le p’tit Parigot, directed by René Le Somptier; Furniture for the set of the 1929 film Parce que je t’aime; And her textiles label Tissus Delaunay, which sold her designs worldwide.

Orphism is a term originating from 1912 when French poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire identified the new style of Cubist painting. Apollinaire was inspired by the work of František Kupka and the Delaunays, who, although channeling the Cubist vision, prioritized color in their work. Apollinaire felt this use of color brought movement, light and musical qualities to the artwork and therefore referenced the legendary poet and singer of ancient Greek mythology, Orpheus, when naming the movement.

Simultanism is the strand of Orphism practiced by the Delaunays. The name comes from the work of French scientist Michel Eugène Chevreul who identified the phenomenon of ‘simultaneous contrast’ in which colors look different depending on the colors around them. The Delaunays dispensed with form and aimed to created rhythm, motion and depth through overlapping patches of vibrant hues.

As well as a major retrospective at the Kunstmuseum Bielefeld in 1958, Delaunay was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964. She has also had her work shown at Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Musée National d’Art Moderne and Tate Modern.

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Creator: Sonia Delaunay
Sonia Delaunay Geometric Lithograph
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Sonia Delaunay Exhibition 1968 Original Vintage Poster
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1960s Vintage Sonia Delaunay

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Sonia Delaunay, Geometric Abstraction, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow Photolithography
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Signed photolithography by Sonia Delaunay, 1979. Stamped Photogravure reproduction of series by Bolaffiarte. Limited edition of 5000. Exemplary number 2784.
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Sonia Delaunay Framed Lithography, circa 1970
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Sonia Delaunay Colored Lithograph Art Print
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Original Vintage Art & Exhibition Poster, 'HOMMAGE A SONIA DELAUNAY', 1975
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"L'oeil" Lithograph in Colors by Sonia Delaunay
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Located in Stamford, CT
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French Early Modern, Cubist, Art Deco "1930" Wool Carpet by Sonia Delaunay
By Artcurial, Sonia Delaunay
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An important French Mid-Century Modern thick pile carpet in wool known as "1930" in a Cubist Design by Sonia Delaunay. Documentation: Monogrammed SD at corner of carpet. There is a ...
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"Butterfly" Rug by Sonia Delaunay, circa 1980
By Sonia Delaunay
Located in Paris, FR
In handmade tufted colored wool Signed with the monogram "SD" lower right n°34/200 and inscription "Pour J. Damase" Bibliography : Les Objets du désir, 1975-1996, Galerie Artcu...
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"Tourbillion. 1979" Lithograph in Colors by Sonia Delaunay
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"Cathedrale, 1971" Lithograph in Colors by Sonia Delaunay
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Extra Large Print on Canvas of Sonia Delaunay by Jacques Damase, 1992
By Sonia Delaunay
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