|Sketchbook notes and postcards I picked up from the Tate|
Hello! On Monday I made a trip down to London to see the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Tate modern particularly for my uni project as her early work is a great example of how colour and brush strokes were used in Fauvism. I loved the first room full of her portraits introduced as the 'Early Years' but I wasn't so keen on the rest of it as her style became more cubist and abstract rather than impressionistic. As an artist I prefer the organic flow of things rather than geometric/grid like shapes.
|Bold and brass. I wasn't actually supposed to take pictures- oops!|
|Beautiful colour studies by Delaunay|
I love the heavy brush marks and how the detail is built up with thick paint. She had a preoccupation with the expressive qualities of colour, with light and shadow depicted through different shapes of hues (a common characteristic of Fauvism). I found that soft pastel colours came up a lot through her portraits as well as red being a prominent shade. Her portraits were playful but had a sort of sadness about them; the black outline around some of the figures empathises a detachment from the background which could almost portray a detachment from emotion too.
Even though the majority of her work isn't for me I really admire her skills and it was fascinating seeing her work evolve throughout her life. Her use of colour is phenomenal and she certainly was a woman of many talents! She managed to delve into a wide variety of the arts including graphics, costume design and textiles.
I only hope to do the same one day, Delaunay. ONE DAY.