|Sonia Delaunay, Prismes electriques (1914)
a style of art that is characterized by strong colors and geometric shapes. But she was much more than bold colors!
Fun Facts You Didn't Know about Sonia Delauney
- By the time she was 18, she spoke and read Russian, French, German and English
- Her birth name was Sarah Stern.
- She credited a quilt she made for her baby son as the inspiration
for orphism: "About 1911, I had the idea of making for Charles, who had
just been born, a blanket composed of bits of fabric like those I had
seen in the houses of Russian peasants. When it was finished, the
arrangement of the pieces of material seemed to me to evoke cubist
conceptions and we then tried to apply the same process to other objects
Market at Minoh, 1915
- Robert Delauney was NOT her first husband. She was married two years to a homosexual German Art Gallery owner she befriended in Paris. She divorced him once she met, Delaney since - well - the heart wants what the heart wants!
- She was a fabric designer who advocated strongly through public lectures for change in women's clothing freeing them from corsets and couture that bogged down fashion of the era.
- She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective at the Louvre. It took place in 1964 and consisted of 117 works that she personally selected and donated to the museum.
- She did not paint for 10 years after the death of her beloved husband.
I don't know about you, but I love strong multifaceted women. It truly is a man's world - even today and to survive you have to be strong, innovative and bold. The more I learn about Sonia, the more I think she was exactly that!
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