PopUp Painting’s ‘artist of the week’ is Sonia Delauney.
Sonia Delauney is a Ukrainian born painter and designer, who spent most of her life living and working in Paris.
The artist was known for being one of the founding members of the ‘Orphism’ movement, a movement that used strong, bold colours and geometric shapes.
Sonia Delauney’s career was initially was influenced by the intense colours of Van Gogh and Gauguin’s work, however the artist’s work moved to a more lyrical and abstract approach when Delauney began to use collage in her work. The artist’s style was further pushed when it began to encompass furniture, textile and stage set design.
At the core of Sonia Delauney’s practice was the idea that when two designs are placed next to each other, they begin to be seen simultaneously (in a similar way to pointillism).
Delauney was also known for her collaborations with her husband Robert Delaunay; the two artists worked in close association creating murals, paintings, lithographs and tapestries together.
Sonia Delauney was the first living female artist to have a retrospective at the Louvre in 1964.