Sonia Delaunay-Terk

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Delaunay-Terk, Sonia

Delaunay-Terk, Sonia (dəlōnāˈ-tĕrkˈ), 1885–1979, Russian painter and designer; wife of Robert Delaunay. Raised in St. Petersburg, she moved to Paris in 1905. With her husband, she developed orphism, a movement that strove for the harmonious mixture of colors. After World War I, her interest shifted to fashion design, but returned to painting in the 1930s. In 1937, she collaborated with her husband on a mural for the Paris Exposition. During the 1950s, she exhibited regularly and her work was the subject of retrospectives in Paris and Lisbon. In 1964, she was the first living woman to exhibit at the Louvre. She designed (1968) the costumes and setting for Stravinsky's Danses Concortantes.
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This comprehensive retrospective will include some four hundred examples of her vibrant paintings, murals, graphics, furniture, and textiles, providing a welcome opportunity to view Delaunay-Terk's superb designs (which paid the family bills) alongside extensive evidence of her equal investment in and talent for the fine art of painting.
They range from Jodi Hauptman's examination of Sonia Delaunay-Terk's (1885-1979) collaborations with avant-garde writer Blaise Cendrars and her experiments with simultaneity to Andres Lepik's abbreviated survey of Zaha Hadid's (b.
Later, having dazzled me with a tour through roomfuls of canvases by Nolde, Heckel, Sam Francis, Vlaminck, Severini, Delaunay-Terk and Braque ('from the Fauvist period, no browns here'), sculptures by Hepworth, Moore, Kirchner, Chadwick, Tinguely, Calder and more, we finally come to rest in front of Modigliani's large portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne.
I once saw some Cubist costumes, designed by Sonia Delaunay-Terk, and so I can imagine a Cubist wedding in which the bride wore a frock of squares, with the matron of honor done up in triangles.
Apart from Sonia Delaunay-Terk, newly cast here in a key role, all these artists figured fairly prominently in Barr's original show.