Tate Modern: Sonia Delaunay


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

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

There is a rich history between artists and luxury textiles, with respected names such as Henry Moore, Raoul Duffy, and Graham Sutherland all reinforcing this transient relationship.

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.

View the Tate Modern website for further information about The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay.