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Sonia Delaunay (1884-1979)
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Sonia Delaunay (1884-1979)

Projet de décor pour les quatre saisons (Printemps, Eté, Automne, Hiver)

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Sonia Delaunay (1884-1979)
Projet de décor pour les quatre saisons (Printemps, Eté, Automne, Hiver)
each signed and dated 'Sonia Delaunay 28-29' (lower right); Printemps numbered '667', Eté numbered '668', Automne numbered '670', Hiver numbered '669' (lower right)
gouache on paper
Each 15½ x 18 1/8 in. (39.5 x 46 cm.)
Executed in 1928-1929; four works sold in one lot
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Provenance
The artist's estate.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Exhibited
Bielefeld, Städtisches Kunsthaus, Sonia Delaunay, September - October 1958 (illustrated n.p.).
Turin, Galerie Martano, Projets d'affiche Sonia Delaunay, October - November 1970, no. 11.
Tokyo, Musée d'Art Moderne, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, November - December 1979.
New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sonia Delaunay a retrospective, February - March 1980 (illustrated n.p.); this exhibition later travelled to Montreal, Musée d'Art Contemporain.
Madrid, Fundacion Juan March, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, April - May 1982.
Lisbon, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, January - February 1982.
Paris, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay, May - September 1985 (illustrated n.p.).
Bielefeld, Kunsthalle, Sonia Delaunays Welt der Kunst, November 2008 - February 2009.
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Richard Riss has confirmed the authenticity of this work.


According to Riss, 'Sonia Delaunay developed the designs for the ballet The Four Seasonswith the choreographer Léonide Massine in 1928. At the time, Massine, as choreographer for the Roxy Theater in New York, was also working with her husband, Robert Delaunay, on designs for the ballet Triomphe de Paris. Although the Four Seasons ballet was never realised, the project did give birth to this series of beautiful and vividly coloured compositions.

'The Delaunays' artistic process consisted of integrating art into every aspect of modern life. This came to include the ballet after they met Serge de Diaghilev and his Ballet russe troupe, including Massine, in Madrid in 1918.

Diaghilev's modern conception of ballet appealed to the couple and they immediately found common ground, with Robert Delaunay designing the set for Diaghilev's ballet Clopâtre in London the following year. The most important development in their work from this period was the use of colour as a dramatic element' (in a letter dated 18 December 2012).

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