Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay

22 May > 10 July 2021

ABOUT

1937. Sonia Delaunay in front of the panel ´Portugal' of the Railway Pavilion of the International Exhibition Arts and Techniques, Paris. ©Pracusa 20210319, fonds Delaunay
Sonia Delaunay

A Sonia Delaunay exhibition in a Parisian gallery, in the middle of a pandemic, is a delight in more ways than one for those who love her wok, those who want to discover it and for those who believe in it for its own sake. What’s more, it is in the area she loved; her studio is just round the corner in the rue Saint-Simon.

Some have long tried to place her as having been born in a far-away province in the East. She is sometimes referred to as Ukrainian, Russian and occasionally Jewish. Sonia Delaunay is French by marriage to Robert Delaunay in Paris on 15 November 1910 at the town hall of the 6th arrondissement. The archives only give us a hint of her passports - all of them French - while her identity card issued in 1943 under the occupation, in which her photograph shows her in profile, as was common at the time and which leaves an indelible trace of the country’s subjugation to racist practices.

So, she was born in Odessa, the Russian city created by Catherine the Great of Russia according to the plans drawn by the Duke de Richelieu. The extract from her birth certificate issued by the Clerk of the Civil Court of First Instance of the Seine, attached to the marriage certificate leaves us in no doubt. Her birth is only recorded in the Civil register of Israelite births in Odessa: in the year eighteen hundred and eighty-five, on the first day of September, was born: Sarah, daughter of the reserve soldier Elie Stern and his spouse, Lady Hana. Odessa.

Sonia Delaunay was to span the century just as she was to cross Europe, in the opposite direction of the journey recounted by her Swiss friend Blaise Cendrars in La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France (Prose on the Trans-Siberian Railway and of Little Jehanne of France).
Never to return.

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WORKS

Sonia Delaunay

Projet de robe

Paris, 1923
Watercolour and pastel on paper
28,7 x 14,5 cm
Signed and dated lower right

Sonia Delaunay

Groupe de femmes

Paris, 1925
India ink on paper
27 x 20 cm
Signed lower left, dated and numbered ‘846’ lower right

Sonia Delaunay

Les Rochers de Montreux, projet d'affiche

Paris, 1914
Oil on paper
31.6 x 25.2 cm

Sonia Delaunay

Portugaise aux fruits

Portugal, 1915-1916
Tempera on paper mounted on plywood
91 x 66 cm
Signed and dated lower left

Sonia Delaunay

Scène d'intérieur

Paris, 1922
Gouache and pencil on paper
25 x 26 cm
Signed and dated lower right: Sonia / Delaunay / 1922

Sonia Delaunay

Projet de tissu

Paris, 1924
Gouache and watercolour on paper
26 x 20 cm
Signed and dated twice lower right ; numbered 'm. 182'

Sonia Delaunay

Deux projets de tissu

Paris, 1924
Gouache and watercolour on paper
26 x 20 cm
Signed and dated twice lower right ; numbered 'm. 182'

Sonia Delaunay

Projet de costume d'homme

Paris, 1925
Watercolour and pencil on paper
42.5 x 28.5 cm
Signed, dated, numbered '142' lower right

Sonia Delaunay

Rythme couleur

Paris, 1964
Gouache and pastel on paper
18 x 25.5 cm
Signed and dated lower right: monogrammed et dated lower right. Annotated by the artist on the reverse: 'Je donne cette gouache 1158 à Jacques Damase. Sonia Delaunay. 16 Octobre 1977'

Sonia Delaunay

Projet de couverture pour l'exposition Sonia Delaunay à la Nya Konstgalleriet de Stockholm

Portugal, 1967
Wax painting on paper
32,4 x 25,1 cm
Monogrammed and dated lower right 'S.D. 16'
Numbered '360'

Sonia Delaunay

Rythme syncopé

Paris, 1967
Gouache and charcoal on paper
38.5 x 55 cm
Signed and dated lower right: 'Sonia Delaunay / mars 1967' ; numbered lower left : 1462

Sonia Delaunay

Projet de couverture

Paris, 1969
Gouache and pencil on Arches wove paper
31 x 25 cm
Sketch on the reverse, numbered lower right: E 340

Sonia Delaunay

Projet de couverture

Paris, c. 1969
Gouache and pencil on wove paper
32.7 x 25.5 cm

Sonia Delaunay

Rythme

Paris, 1970
Gouache on paper
35 x 25 cm
Signed and dated lower middle: 'Sonia Delaunay 70'.
Sketch on the reverse

Sonia Delaunay

Autoportrait

Paris, 1978
Gouache and pencil on Arches wove paper
25.5 x 25.5 cm
Titled upper center : 'Sonia Delaunay' and annotated lower right: 'Robert Laffont'
Sketch on the reverse

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