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Maestro of abstract art and key figure of the Parisian avant-garde, Russian-born French artist Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) is featured in an extensive retrospective exhibition at London’s Tate Modern. The exhibition outlines Delaunay’s dedication not only to painting, but also her creation of tapestries, carpets, textiles, mosaics, set design and fashion – all of which forged the way in distinctive colours and geometric patterns.
Tantamount to modernity, Delaunay’s progressive works have cemented her role as a significant female figure of the twentieth century, her influence still present in the creative world today.
Rhythm Colour no. 1076 1939 Centre National des Arts Plastiques/Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, on loan to Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
Coat made for Gloria Swanson 1923-24, Private Collection
Delaunay was known to produce forward-thinking fashion designs. Her clients included large department stores such as Liberty and Metz & Co, and Hollywood stars like Gloria Swanson (see above).
Simultaneous Dresses (The three women) 1925 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Electric Prisms no.41, 1913-14, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
Flamenco Singers, known as Large Flamenco 1915-16 CAM – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay is curated at Tate Modern by Juliet Bingham, Curator International Art, and will run from now until 9 August 2015.