Sonia Delaunay: Living Art

Yale Univ. Apr. 2024. 540p. ed. by Waleria Dorogova & Laura Microulis. ISBN 9780300275766. $75. FINE ARTS
This volume accompanies an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. International art and fashion historians contribute essays discussing how French artist Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was committed to translating her original artistic language of color into a variety of formats, not just the established modes of painting and drawing. In doing so, she proved herself a true avant-garde artist by transcending mediums through her art. Although she created traditional paintings and prints throughout her life, Delaunay also was active in the design of fashion and textiles (for both clothing and interiors). She collaborated on several films and illustrated books and created advertising and logo designs, tapestries, even stained glass and mosaics. This comprehensive book includes a chronology of Delaunay’s life as well as a short, transcribed interview with her in 1974, and personal recollections of the artist by Patrick Raynaud, who made a 1972 documentary about her.
VERDICT While scholarly in tone with extensive footnotes, this beautifully designed book is readable and includes many handsome images. Recommended to readers who are interested in both the fine and decorative arts of the 20th century made by a remarkable artist.
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