Must See: Sonia Delaunay

On our list for exhibition must-sees this Spring: “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay” at Cooper Hewitt.  Delaunay (French, born in Russia, 1885 – 1979) is best known for her work in strong colors and geometric shapes, influenced by post-impressionists like van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin, Henri Rousseau.  In 1911, Delaunay created a quilt for her son, Charles, that would become the inspiration and catalyst to her future artistic process:

Baby quilt by Delaunay, 1911; photo credit unknown

“About 1911 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.” – Sonia Delaunay

"Tissu simultané no. 186" by Sonia Delaunay, 1926; photo credit: Cooper Hewitt

The Cooper Hewitt exhibition focuses on Delaunay’s  fashion designs from her own Atelier Simultané in Paris during the 1920s, as well as textiles designed for the Metz & Co. department store in Amsterdam in the 1930s.  We can’t wait to see more (and wish these textiles were still in production)!

"Design 1044" by Delaunay, 1930-31; photo credit: Cooper Hewitt

"Design 253" by Sonia Delaunay, 1928–30; photo credit: Cooper Hewitt

 

"Design 1486" by Delaunay, 1934–36; photo credit: Cooper Hewitt

 

"Set of five fabric samples, Design 945" by Delaunay, 1929–30; photo credit Cooper Hewitt


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