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Light Study, Electric Prisms

Delaunay-Terk, Sonia (French, 1885-1979)


In 1914 Delaunay painted an 8 x 8 foot canvas entitled Electric Prisms. Her subject was the colored halos created by electric street globes, newly installed on Boulevard St. Michel in Paris. This piece is one of hundreds of small, numbered drawings in pastel, watercolor or gouache that Delaunay devoted to this modern, colorful theme.

Light, fragmented prismatically into geometric patterns of pure color, was the primary interest of Sonia and her husband, French painter Robert Delaunay, in the years leading up to the outbreak of World War I.

Object Information

artist
Delaunay-Terk, Sonia (French, 1885-1979)
creation date
1914
materials
gouache on cardboard
dimensions
12 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. | 31.4 x 21.0 cm.
mark descriptions
inscribed L.R.: No. 39 signed and dated verso: Sonia Delaunay 1914
accession number
1992.95
credit line
The Robert and Traude Hensel Collection
copyright
© Sonia Delaunay-Terk
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945