© Estate of Sonia Delaunay
© Estate of Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay: ses peintures, ses objects, ses tissus simultanés, ses modes / preface d'André Lhote; poèmes de Cendrars, Delteil, Tzara, Soupault, Paris: 1925

Portfolio with letterpress text and pochoir plates
Graphic Arts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library
L.2013.6.2
© Estate of Sonia Delaunay
Born in Ukraine and raised by a wealthy uncle in St. Petersburg, Delaunay studied painting in Germany and Paris but is best known for her fashion and textile designs. This portfolio of her work was published in conjunction with her display at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Delaunay made no distinction between the fine and decorative arts, transferring to everyday, functional objects the principles of simultanéité, the iconographic theory and technique that she developed with her husband, Robert Delaunay. Simultanéité used color contrasts to create the illusion of depth, movement, and perspective. The Delaunays were frequent collaborators with the artists of the Dada movement; Sonia designed "poem dresses" for the poet Tristan Tzara, for example, and this portfolio features poems by Tzara and others, responding to her designs.