Sonia Delaunay
A Body of Work

BBy Freya Diamond
Sante Fe, New Mexico: Freya Diamond, 2011. Open, signed and numbered.

4.25 x 8.5"closed, extends to 20"; six figures. Flag structure. Illustrated paper-covered boards with ribbon closure. Paper title label on front board.

Continuing her Body of Work series, Diamond uses textile designs and canvases to dress artist Sonia Delaunay.

Smithsonian, National Design Museum: "Known primarily as an abstract painter and colorist, Sonia Delaunay (1885 - 1979) applied her talents and theories to all areas of visual expression, including graphics, interiors, theater and film, fashion and textiles. A trademark of Delaunay's work is the sense of movement and rhythm created by the simultaneous contrasts of certain colors."

A Jewish-French artist, she, with her husband Robert Delaunay and others, cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. Her work extends to painting, textile design, and stage set design.

She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964, and in 1975 was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.