- Sonia Delaunay
- Nature morte portugaise
- Indistinctly signed (lower right); signed Sonia Delaunay and numbered 564 (on the stretcher)
- Oil and wax on paper mounted on canvas
- 25 1/4 by 36 1/2 in.
- 66 by 92.1 cm
Galerie der Sturm (Herwarth Walden), Berlin (acquired directly from the artist)
Thence by descent (and sold: Sotheby’s, London, December 5, 1973, lot 72)
Private Collection, Europe (acquired at the above sale)
Sale: Sotheby’s, New York, May 2, 1996, lot 197
Acquired at the above sale
Paris, Musée d’art et histoire, Sonia Delaunay, 1964, no. 67
Sonia Terk met Robert Delaunay in Paris in the early months of 1909. Both emerging artists, the two were immediately drawn to one another and the three decades that followed were ones of unparalleled artistic collaboration. Stanley Baron writes, "All the evidence implies that the thirty years they spent together, often working side by side, continually exchanging views and ideas, and feeding each other's talent, were filled with a sense of rare unity. It is all the more extraordinary because their heritage and background were in only a few respects comparable; they seemed, all the same, to complement each other basically, to fulfill each other's needs, and to harmonize to a remarkable extent their ideas about the nature of art and their painting" (Stanley Baron, Sonia Delaunay: The Life of an Artist
, London, 1995, p. 19).
The present lot exemplifies Sonia Delaunay's work in the mid-1910s, when she was transitioning from figurative imagery to the purely abstract. Indeed, the broad and richly vibrant swaths of color prefigure her later oeuvre, including the textile designs she went on to create in the 1920s.
There is a preparatory study for this work in the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.