First major Sonia Delaunay exhibition in Paris for four decades

This will be her first exhibition in the city since almost four decades ago in 1967, and includes over 400 of her colourful works, the majority of which are based on the theory of simultanisme. Visitors to the museum while on luxury river cruises in France will be able to view a collection which spans from the Belle Époque until the 1970s, beginning with her Fauvist inspired works. The exhibition includes paintings, wall decorations, gouaches, prints and much more, in three recreated environments with photos and films of the collection.

The artist found inspiration from the dynamism of modern life, and often used textiles and fashion to express this, for example when she resurfaced a sports car in order to match a dress in 1925. The exhibition includes a dress Sophia Delaunay created for the writer Nancy Cunard, which used her characteristic joyful colours.

‘A personal approach to colour’

Taking the visitor on a chronological journey through her colour-based abstraction works, the exhibition highlights the importance of her pieces to the applied arts. Born in the Ukraine, the artist acquired French nationality when she married Wilhelm Uhde, an art collector who she met while attending the Fine Arts Academy in Paris.

Following this, the artist married her authentic partner in 1910, Robert Delaunay, and they began showing works together in the Salon des Indépendants. Since then, she ventured into theatre, undertook commercial fashion design in Madrid, and created a huge mural for the Air Transport Pavilion at the Exhibition of Art and Technology in Modern Life.

The exhibition will continue until February 22nd 2015 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, before it goes on show at the Tate Modern in London in April.

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