Sonia Delaunay

1885-1979

Sonia Delaunay, the master of color, used a spectrum of brightly contrasting colors to achieve brilliant effects in all aspects of her art. Active in France, Sonia Delaunay was born Sonia Terk Stern in the Ukraine. She studied art in Germany, and in 1905 she attended the Academie de la Palette in Paris.

In 1910, she married her second husband Robert Delaunay (1885-1941). For both artists, the basic unit of modernity was the disc. Both artists associated with Cubist, Dada, and Surrealist artists as they elaborated a style of geometric abstract painting known as Orphism.

Sonia Delaunay produced watercolor and relief prints and concentrated on Art Deco designs. Her paintings were an example of Simultanism, a movement that emphasized vivid colors and geometric shapes to energize the optical experience of a viewer. Simultanism influenced her non-representational paintings, decorative arts, furnishings, textiles, and fashion design. In addition to painting, she made theatrical sets and costumes for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

She opened a fashion house in Madrid, Barcelona, and Bilbao. In 1924, she opened one in Paris with Jacques Heim. After World War II she became a board member of the Salon des Realities Nouvelles for several years. In 1964, she and her son donated over 100 works of art, made by her husband and herself, to the Musee National d’Art Moderne.

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