Painting by Sonia Delaunay titled Prismes Electriques, 1914

$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Friday, April 23 at 7:00 pm EST
  • Saturday, April 24 at 4:00 pm EST
  • Tuesday, April 27 at 5:30 pm EST
  • Friday, May 7 at 2:30 pm EST
  • Friday, May 7 at 7:00 pm EST
  • Tuesdays, May 11 and 25 at 5:30 pm EST

Travel back in time to Sonia Delaunay’s world in Montparnasse, Paris. Delaunay epitomized la femme moderne (the modern woman) in the early 1900s.  A pioneer of abstraction, she launched the art movement Orphism with her husband Robert. Through vivid color and dynamic form, she rendered the vitality of the city.  She then applied the same principles to designs for everyday life, creating a stir when she wore her iconic “Simultaneous” dress to the Bal Bullier dance hall in 1913.

Blending the arts of painting with craft and fashion, she opened Casa Sonia,  famous for her innovative dresses, coats, parasols, and bathing suits. She even reimagined the design of the Citroën automobile. We’ll examine Delaunay’s art and designs, to see how she anticipated and then captured the optimism and electricity of the roaring 1920s.

You will:

  • Get a close-up look at Delaunay’s key paintings, fashions, textile and costume designs.
  • Learn more about an innovative female artist and designer who was too often overshadowed.
  • Hear how women navigated the Parisian art world of the early 20th century.
  • Get a taste for Paris during les années folles (the roaring 1920s).

Your educator Lauren Jimerson earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, and specializes in modern art made in France and the U.S. In 2015, a Fulbright fellowship brought her to Paris, where she has remained ever since. Dr. Jimerson’s Subversive Sexualities: Three Women Artists and the Nude in Early Twentieth-Century Paris will soon be published by Manchester University Press.

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Image: Sonia Delaunay, Prismes électriques, 1914, oil on canvas, 250 x 250 cm, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris

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