Recently, I went to the Tate Modern to see the Sonia Delaunay exhibition. To be perfectly honest, I had never heard of her before, but she is quite a stalwart of the art world. Her sixty-year career began in Paris, and over the years she worked across a range of media. Delaunay is perhaps best known for her explorations in color theory, often collaborating with her husband and fellow artist, Robert Delaunay.

Delaunay’s work extends far beyond this. In addition to painting, she also worked across textiles, clothing and even some early graphic design.  Some of the work is incredible – particularly the clothing and textiles – and much of it still looks contemporary.  Other pieces seem to lack the same level of care and competence, but with over 60 years of work you can’t always expect perfection.  Delaunay died at age 94 and remained influential up until her death in 1979. The sheer breadth and length of Delaunay’s career is incredible and the exhibition captures the extent of her career very well. Below are some of my favorite pieces from the exhibition.

Le Bal Bullier, 1913

Propeller (Air Pavilion), 1937  (Photo:Emma Krantz)

Coat for actress Gloria Swanson, 1923-24

Textile for Metz & Co’s

Discs, 1968 (handknotted carpet)

If you like what you see here, be sure to check out Sonia’s Artsy page that includes additional bio information and up to date exhibitions.

x K

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