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Whether you are or are not familiar with artist Sonia Delaunay (November 14, 1885 – December 5, 1979), you are in for a treat. A forerunner of the Orphism Movement, Delaunay’s body of work spans from paintings in bright, bold Cubist colors to textile and set design. Thanks to the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, who recently housed a Delaunay exhibit, we can show those who can’t come to New York City an insider’s view of the retrospective!

Sonia Delaunay was the first living female artist to have a retrospective at the Louvre in 1964.



Sonia Delaunay in her studio at boulevard Malesherbes, Paris, France, 1925
Photographed by Germaine Krull (German, 1897–1985)
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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Design B53
Designed by Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979)
France, 1924
Gouache on paper
Private collection
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Photo: © private collection



Model wearing coat designed by Sonia Delaunay, 1926–27
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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Design 253
Designed by Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979)
France, 1928–30
Gouache, ink, and pencil on paper
Private collection
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Photo: © private collection



Still photo from the film Le P’tit Parigot
Written by Paul Cartoux
Directed by René Le Somptier
France, 1926
Collection of Antoine Blanchette
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Rythme Coloré (Colored Rhythm)
Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979)
France, 1946
Oil on canvas
Private collection
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Photo: © private collection



Bathing suit
Designed by Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979)
France, ca. 1928
Knitted wool
Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Musée Galliera, GAL 1971.24.7
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Robe poème no. 1328
Designed by Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979)
France, 1923
Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper
Museum of Modern Art, New York 304.1980
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Photo: © The Museum of Modern Art/ Licensed by SCALA/ Art Resource, NY



Dress
Designed by Sonia Delaunay
(French, born Russia, 1885-1979)
France, 1925-28
Printed silk satin with metallic embrodiery
Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Musée Galliera, GAL 1970.58.31
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Bathing suit (tunic)
Designed by Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979)
France, 1924–25
Silk embroidery on wool jersey
Musée de l’Impression sur Étoffes, Mulhouse, 980.629.1
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Set of five fabric samples, Design 945
Designed by Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979)
Produced by Metz & Co
France, 1929–30
Printed silk
Private collection
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Photo: © private collection



Tissu simultané no. 186
Designed by Sonia Delaunay (French, born Russia, 1885–1979)
France, 1926
Block-printed cotton
Musée de l’Impression sur Étoffes, Mulhouse, 980.549.17
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9 Comments

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    Aug 13, 2012, 02.25 AMby chrinad

    make me dream watch this artist

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    Jun 23, 2011, 10.03 AMby ichigogirl

    Fabulous, I’ve never heard of her (or forgotten), but I love what you posted above. I got fabric paint for printing really cheap on a sale a while ago, this gave some ideas on how to use them. It’s fascinating how modern some of her patterns still are…

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    Jun 23, 2011, 05.56 AMby helenbeee

    Check this post out too has some good info on her too.

    http://objectsofwhimsy.blogspot.com/2011/01/monday-1-sonia-delaunay-terk.html

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    Jun 22, 2011, 03.23 PMby jpeaches

    I just love her. I did a whole project on her work in art School. Thanks for sharing

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    Jun 21, 2011, 09.24 PMby flowergirl22

    oh wow,, the ultimate dream of mine to design my own collwction of fabric patterns

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    Jun 21, 2011, 08.13 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    I’ve been intending to post this collection – particularly the knitted bathing suits – to the Stitch in Time vintage knitting group over at Ravelry. These suits appear to be in excellent condition. Amazing!

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      Jun 22, 2011, 11.38 AMby candyjoyce

      That knitted bathing suit is great isn’t it, not very practical if it were to get wet though, I might try to recreate the look of it as a knitted bag.

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    Jun 21, 2011, 07.44 PMby threadsquare

    I love her! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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