Beautiful textiles make me happy. I can spend longer looking at sheets, upholstery, dresses, curtains and rugs in exquisite colors and designs than at some famous works of art in a museum. As a matter of fact, I think textile design IS art. So I was excited when David asked me today if I wanted to go to an exhibit of Sonia Delaunay’s art and fashion at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum a few blocks from our apartment.
Born in the Ukraine in 1885, Sonia moved to Paris when she was 20, married artist Robert Delaunay five years later and was one of the founders of the Orphism art movement, distinguished by its strong colors and geometric shapes. Her work included painting, textile design and stage set design. She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964.
You can read a bit about about Sonia http://obit-mag.com/articles/the-colorful-life-of-sonia-delaunay. In the meantime, I wanted to share some of her work with you.
The museum also had a fascinating exhibit of the jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels. Although some of the pieces were breathtaking in their intricacy and workmanship, not to mention value, I am not a big fan of over-the-top jewelry, no matter what it’s worth. I still adored the exhibit.
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Cooper Hewitt does great textile shows; the Sonia Delauney is no exception. The swim costumes and driving hats are divine. A must see show
Sonia Delaunay was a contemporary of Picasso’s, and I recently saw her work in a joint exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Breathtaking! Thanks for posting this.
The VCA invisible setting is another wonder; no one has quite been able to match it. The gems seem to form a seamless surface.