Sonia Delaunay and two friends in Robert Delaunay’s studio, rue des Grands-Augustins, Paris 1924. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. Courtesy Tate Modern.
Delaunay was a prominent early Modernist, alongside Picasso, Derain, and Braque.
Delaunay experimented with abstraction in the applied arts and built a successful business around her designs.
Aside from her business, Delaunay collaborated on costume designs for the ballet, theater, and film.
Two models wearing fur coats designed by Sonia Delaunay and manufactured by Heim, with the car belonging to the journalist Kaplan and painted after one of Sonia Delaunay’s fabrics, in front of the Pavillon du Tourisme designed by Mallet-Stevens, International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, Paris 1925. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. Courtesy Tate Modern.
Her textiles and fashions were distributed worldwide in department stores and boutiques, promoting her to a place of prominence in the fashion world.
Delaunay’s self-designed Paris apartment functioned as a salon for fellow creatives.
The French government commissioned designs from Delaunay for the 1937 International Exposition of Art and Technology in Modern Life.
Delaunay’s painting career regained momentum in the 1950s, with a rash of solo shows popping up in France and beyond.
She was the first living woman to have a retrospective at the Louvre.
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