• Impressionist/Modern Works on  auction at Christies

    Sale 2312

    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper Featuring Property from the Collection of Mrs Sidney F. Brody

    5 May 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 201

    Sonia Delaunay (1884-1979)

    Jeunes femmes en maillot

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    Sonia Delaunay (1884-1979)
    Jeunes femmes en maillot
    signed and dated 'Sonia Delaunay 1928' (lower right)
    watercolor over pencil on paper
    8 x 10 5/8 in. (20.3 x 27 cm.)
    Painted in 1928


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    Richard Riss has confirmed the authenticity of this watercolor.

    The present work is a costume study for Les quatre saisons, an unrealized ballet choreographed by Leonide Massine. This series of studies is marked by colorful compositions that are essentially based on circles, parallel lines and curves, and are reminiscent of the bold fabrics and tapestries Delaunay designed. Besides her work for the theater and ballet, Delaunay also collaborated memorably with couturiers Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin and Jacques Heim, and made clothing for the wives of architects Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Erich Mendelsohn.

    Provenance

    Estate of the artist.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1990.