Sonia Delaunay (1885 1979) is one of the most important female artists of the early twentieth century, whose contribution to the European avant-garde has been explored with the retrospective exhibition at the Tate Modern. With over 250 illustrations and ground-breaking essays by prominent curators and art historians, this publication showcases the multifaceted work of this prolific artist and will be a great source of inspiration for textile design, print and colour.
After initially focusing on painting, Delaunay’s interests spread to include fashion, theatre and cinema, for which she created costumes and designs for film sets. She began to work with a variety of different media, creating mosaics, tapestries and lithographs. Her paintings and gouaches evoked a renewed interest in abstraction and colour, marking her importance in the development of postwar abstract and applied art.