Sonia Delaunay, Carrés magiques,1980
|Artist:||Sonia Delaunay (1885 - 1979)|
|Medium:||Original Woven Wool Tapestry|
|Image Size:||135 in x 80.3 in (343 cm x 204 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered in black on verso HF 2/10; published by Artcurial.|
|Signature:||Artist's initials 'SD' woven into lower left corner on recto.|
|Condition:||This work is in very good condition.|
Item # 3806
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Historical Description of this artwork
Sonia Delaunay-Terk, as she is often called to distinguish her from her husband, made a name for herself as a visual artist and graphic designer. Turning to fabric design when she needed supplemental income, she discovered a passion for clothes and costumes. Biographers Baron and Damase write that her designs embody the preoccupations for her contemporaries in Cubism, Futurism and Russian Suprematism. Her fabric work responded intimately to her times, with its, “bright colors reminiscent of Orphism and ‘simultaneous contrast’ (84). Carrés magiques, created after one of the artist’s rhythmically musical compositions, is a testament to the key role she holds in art of the 20th century.
Created circa 1980, this original wool tapestry was published by Artcurial. It bears the artist’s initials ‘SD’ woven into the lower left corner on the recto; a patch sewn onto the verso is stamped again with the artist’s initials and bears the edition number HF 2/10.
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About the Framing:
This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
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Sonia Delaunay Biography
Sonia Delaunay was born as Sarah Stern on November 14, 1885 in a small Ukrainian town called Gradizhsk. She was separated from both her father and her mother at the age of five when she was adopted by her wealthy, Jewish uncle Henri Terk, a powerful lawyer in St. Petersburg. Henri Terk renamed her Sonia Terk and offered her a life of social prominence and higher education.
At age 16, she was enrolled in one of St. Petersburg’s most respected secondary schools, where an art teacher acknowledged her talent. Delaunay was sent to Germany to study further and soon entered the Karlsruhe Academy of Fine Arts where she studied from 1903-1905. After school, she moved to Paris, the center of arts and entertainment, where she quickly took up an active social life. In Paris, Delaunay met Wilhem Uhde, a prominent art dealer and collector. They were married on December 5, 1908 but soon divorced in 1910 when Sonia fell in love with and married Robert Delaunay, a fellow artist. Often living in the shadow of her husband, Delaunay’s career took off after his death in 1941. She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre, Paris in 1964, and in 1975, she was officially named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.