Sonia Delaunay

Not long left to catch this wonderful exhibition at Tate Modern, but if you are in London over the next few weeks, it is well worth your time.

Sonia Delaunay has been in the shadow of her more famous husband Robert Delaunay for the past few decades. This brilliant and wide ranging shows confirms what a fantastic talent she was in her own right. Born in Odessa in 1885, she first moved to Germany in 1904, then to Paris two years later. Whilst her early work was influenced by German expressionism by the time of her marriage to Robert Delaunay in 1910, they were both moving to a world of vivid colour using abstract forms. Testing the way colours worked with and against each other to form bold and dynamic work in a movement that they call Simultanism.

I don’t want to get too hung up here with the “ism’s” of the art world as you can quickly find yourself in a theoretical cul-de-sac. What this shows brings to life is the huge talent, energy and creative force that Sonia Delaunay had. As it moves from painting to textile work, whilst also covering interior design, clothing and magazine covers every new discipline brings out another staggering level of talent. We especially enjoyed the beautifully controlled vibrancy of her geometric work.

There is so much here to enjoy and its fantastic to see the Tate provide such a large space to display the work of this underrated artist.