Sonia Delaunay by Arthur Cohen
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New York. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1988. Hardcover, w. pictorial cover. Book condition: Fine. Jacket condition: Near fine, slightly toned spine and surface wear; small tear on spine. 206pp. (ill. in colour & b/w).
Sonia Delaunay was a perennial artist of the 20th century. She was one of the first abstract painters and experimented with collage pasting techniques as early as 1913. Along with her husband, she pioneered Simultanism, a branch of abstraction based in color theory and related to Fauvism. In fashion, her use of pattern and color is still incredibly influential. Art critic Arthur Cohen offers his account of his friend Sonia’s liberated understanding of “the absolute primacy of color as the skin of the world,” and places Delaunay among the preeminent artists of the Modernist revolution.