Sonia Delaunay: The Life of an Artist (1995)

By: Stanley Baron, Jacques Damase

Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) was a woman of many talents – an innovative artist and a trend-setting textile and fashion designer. This volume, which was written with full access to her journals, sketchbooks, and other personal records, and includes some 200 illustrations, many never before published, traces Delaunay’s life beginning with her childhood in Russia and art studies in Germany. She moved to Paris in 1905 and immediately felt at home. Once she married, Delaunay kept in the background though she was producing numerous works of art. Her most spectacular work spanned the 1920s and 30s – not only paintings and drawings filled with joyous color, but also bookbindings, tapestries, carpets, and wholly original and exhilarating commercial fabric designs. Here she made the greatest use of her natural flair for color, which also had a profound influence on her husband’s work. No biography of Sonia Delaunay could express her inner character without a generous sampling of her art. This book’s numerous illustrations are drawn from all the areas in which she was so productive, and include many personal photographs as well.

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Place New York
Publisher H.N. Abrams
Date 1995
# Of Pages 208
ISBN 978-0-8109-3222-7

About the author

About the author

Jacques Damase: Described by De Chirico as a ‘publisher–poet,’ Jacques Damase published the work of Jean Cocteau, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Eluard and Charlie Chaplin; Jean Louis Barrault’s first book on the theatre; and the first book on Braque’s sculpture. In 1949 he became editor of the review Labyrinthe. His own books included studies on the works of Jacques Callot, Braque, Chagall and Picasso, as well as the life and art of Sonia Delaunay. From 1964 until Delaunay’s death, Damase was her publisher; he was also responsible for the exhibitions of her works in all media.

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