Sonia Delaunay

Russian , 1885 - 1979

Sonia Delaunay was born in Russia in 1885 and emigrated to Paris during the first years of the twentieth century. Along with Picasso, Matisse, Rouault, Braque and Vlaminck, Sonia Delaunay helped to remake art in the early moments of the Post-Impressionist era.

She settled in Paris in 1905 and five years later, she met and married Robert Delaunay. During the 1920s, her focus was in bringing Orphism, a movement based on Cubism, into the world of high fashion. In the 1930s, she joined the Abstraction- Creation group, which sought to create an art based upon non-representational elements. After her husband’s death in 1941, Delaunay continued to work as a designer and painter and often turned to printmaking, as well.

In 1963, Delaunay donated 40 of her husband’s and 58 of her own works to the Musee National d’Art Moderne in Paris. In the year that followed, she became the first woman ever to be exhibited at the Louvre during her lifetime, when the Louvre mounted an exhibition of the gifts she had donated the preceding year in Paris. Sonia Delaunay died in France in 1979.
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