Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Sonia Delaunay @ Tate Modern

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. 

1 comment

  1. I do quite like some of Delaunay's work, which is a rarity for me, but it definitely her use of colour that attracts me.

    Erin | cd

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