Sonia Delaunay

(1885 - 1979)
Sonia Delaunay Sans titre [Untitled] 1960s


Delaunay was born in Ukraine but left for St Petersburg at an early age before moving to Paris where she spent most of her working life. Along with her husband, Robert, Delaunay was a key figure in the art movement known as Orphism which focused on the relationships between colours and abstract forms, an offshoot of Cubism. She was the first living artist to have a retrospective in 1964 at the Louvre. The work she made throughout her career crossed the boundaries of fine art, decorative arts and commercial design.

Glossary terms

  • A loosely affiliated group of artists working in Paris in the early years of the twentieth century up to the Second World War. The term initially referred specifically to non-French artists who had settled in the city but was later used more generally. Artists associated with group are regarded as innovators of modern art, working in styles as diverse as Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Art. They include Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Modigliani.