Sonia Delaunay, Before Her Time

Sonia Delaunay, Before Her Time

Happy Birthday Sonia Delaunay!

Before we were “Keeping up with Everybody” or “Pinning” to our latest style board, there was an amazing woman artist who not only created art known for its color and movement, but applied it to many mediums beyond the traditional canvas or paper.

Sonia Delaunay was born November 14, 1885 in the Ukraine, and spent most of her working life in Paris. Her paintings, that use geometric abstraction, are beautiful in their own right — but its how she spread her art into the world made her a risk-taker. If she were here today, she would be on everyone’s “one to watch”. Sonia created art her way and on her terms, “I am free and mean to remain so”. She used the world as her stage and integrated her art into fashion, furniture, wall coverings, fabric and even a car.

Sonia was thinking about her brand and the impact it can make, long before we all know it today. One of the co-curators of her 2015 Tate Modern Retrospective had said, “She was a kind of a complete artist: here is the artist, dressed by herself, in front of fabric designed by herself, or painted by herself!”.

So, today on Sonia’s birthday, I would like to thank her for being an inspiration to me and the path she paved to bringing art and design into the real world…an amazing story of bringing a brand to life.

I picked out a few of my favorites from Sonia’s body of work…enjoy!

By Michelle Talbot, CMO, Browne & Brand



Rythme, 1938, oil on canvas, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris

Sonia_Electric Prisms

Prismes électriques, 1914, oil on canvas, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris


Costumi da bango, 1925 © Getty Images


Simultaneous Dresses, aka The Three Women, 1925


Abito, 1925 ca, ©La Presse


Simultaneous Fashion, 1923

Sources: “Independent” Sonia Delaunay retrospective: Tate Modern’s new show gives the genre-busting artist her due.  |  “Fashion Signs” Sonia Delaunay and Art Deco Design  |  “Vogue Italia” Sonia Delaunay
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