POÉSIE DES MOTS, POÉSIE DES COULEURS
POÉSIE DES MOTS, POÉSIE DES COULEURSLes Illuminations de RimbaudRyhtme de Couleur
Sonia Delaunay
GRADISCHSK 1885 - 1979 PARIS
POÉSIE DES MOTS, POÉSIE DES COULEURS
1961
POCHOIR IN GOUACHE ON PAPER
SIGNED AND DATED:
”SONIA DELAUNAY 1961“
NUMBERED LOWER LEFT AND UPPER RIGHT PROBABLY BY ANOTHER HAND: ”73/80 74/80“
65.1×50 CM
PROVENANCE

GALERIE HESELER, MUNICH
PRIVATE COLLECTION, PARIS

Dynamic and motion define Delaunay’s chief artistic concern. These terms are not meant here in the sense of locomotion or the opposite of rest, however, but as expressions of the vibrancy evoked by simultaneous colour contrasts as well as luminosity and chromatic intensity emerging from within. Precisely the sensuality and deep intensity of the hues – inspired by the powerful works of Van Gogh, Gauguin and the Fauves – had a lasting impact on the artist.(1) In mutual exchange with her husband and within the framework of their joint investigation of the depiction of light and departure from the representation of reality to achieve the complete liberation of the artistic vision, Sonia Delaunay overcame traditional ideologies of art. On a par with the subtle but intense pervasiveness of music, pure, harmonious painting was intended to move the viewer on a deep level. The significance of experimental artist Delaunay’s multifarious œuvre for the history of art can hardly be overestimated: its forcefulness, depth and authenticity represent a major contribution to abstract art.


Total freedom from matter, dimension and reality and the absolute focus on light and colour distinguish our work by Sonia Delaunay. Depth and purity characterize the colours, whose intensity and deliberate contrast to one another develop a fascinating brilliance thanks to their arrangement in the composition. No longer geometric abstraction is being practiced here, since the latter essentially still bears a relation to a real object, but sensual unconditionality and the exclusivity of light and colour. Particularly the pochoir technique – employed by the artist in many of her most expressive works – allowed Delaunay to implement the conscious process of craftsmanship and the decision in favour of pure colour. The glowing red is energetically staged, while subtle zones of green and blue provide vibrant balance and take a stance against the ochre-brown and grey areas of the composition – a grandiose artwork of consummate concentration.


(1) Baron, Stanley; Damase, Jacques: Sonia Delaunay. Ihre Kunst – Ihr leben. München 1995, p. 24ff.