In the style of Sonia Delaunay

Taishō Cubist Kimono

First Quarter 20th Century

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A women's silk kimono in the Cubist style.

  • Japan was among the first Asian countries to be influenced by Cubism, which abandoned the conventional perspective in favor of showing multiple viewpoints simultaneously as a way of suggesting three-dimensional form. It opened up nearly infinite possibilities for the treatment of visual reality, and was the influence for many later abstract styles including Constructivism and Futurism.
  • French artist Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), pictured here in her studio, who co-founded the Orphism art movement in 1912, expressed a version of Cubism that was noted for its use of strong colors and geometric shapes. In addition to painting and illustration, she designed costumes for the theater, ballet and films, as well as clothing for her own fashion studio.
  • This kimono with its bright colors and concise geometric shapes appears as though it came from the studio of Sonia herself, and one could picture it being worn by her models.

Modesto Art Museum, Modesto, California, March 19–April 27, 2014

“Modern Design, Traditional Forms,” Tanabe Gallery, Portland Oregon, December 2019-January 2020

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