Tate Modern is opening the first UK retrospective of Russian-born artist Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) – an exhibition not to be missed if your heart belongs to colour and print.
Delaunay was a key figure in the Paris avant-garde movement and along with her husband, the artist Robert Delaunay, developed the abstract movement Simultaneism. Within this they explored dynamic compositions of contrasting colours and shapes in works that are still hugely influential to designers and artists today.
As well as fine art, Delaunay produced work across many accessible genres. Patchwork dresses, scarves, umbrellas, hats, shoes and swimming costumes in the 20’s and 30’s earned her such clients as Hollywood star Gloria Swanson and the architect Erno Goldfinger, plus chi chi stockist Liberty of London. She also designed costumes for theatre and ballet and her graphic prints were perfect for the design world, making their way onto book covers, geometric tapestries, carpets, textiles and mosaics. Here’s a mere glimpse of her bold and joyous creations.
The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay opens on 15 April.