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Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay

Item Code: BK-SQD-colmov
Medium
Subject
Sonia Delaunay
Width (cm)
20.5
Height (cm)
28
Nationality
British
Date of Work
2011

The Book

Painter, textile and stage designer and co-conspirator (with her husband Robert Delaunay) of the Orphist movement, Sonia Delaunay is a heroine of early modernist art and design. Known primarily as an abstract painter and colorist, Delaunay applied her talents and theories to all areas of visual expression, including graphics, interiors, theater and film, fashion and textiles. A characteristic of Delaunay work is a vivid sense of movement and rhythm through careful color combination. Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay focuses not only on her art but also her avant-garde fashion designs for her Atelier Simultane in Paris during the 1920s, as well as textiles she designed for the Metz & Co department store in Amsterdam in the 1930s.

The book features essays by Delaunay experts Matteo de Leeuw-de Monti, Matilda McQuaid and Petra Timmer, accompanied by more than 300 paintings, drawings, designs, textiles, garments and photographs.

Sonia Delaunay portraitBorn in 1885 into a poor Jewish family in the Ukrainian village of Gradizhske, Sonia Delaunay – joint founder of Orphism – was to become one of the central figures in the 20th century avant-garde movement. Together with her husband Robert Delaunay, she developed an artistic language which conveyed the harmonious qualities of colour above all else.

It was Sonia who managed to apply her aesthetic theories beyond the canvas, through her textiles, clothing and interior design, thus fusing modernist art and daily life in an unprecedented way. In 1964 she became the first living female artist to be given a retrospective at the Louvre in Paris. She died in 1979, happy for having, in her words, ‘lived my art’.
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