Project for Decoration
gouache on paper
10⅛ x 23⅝ in
25.72 x 60.01 cm
Gift of Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr.
Known as both an artist and a designer, Delaunay saw little
distinction between her paintings and her design work. She sought to merge art
and life, producing interior environments, textiles, clothing, and dance
costumes full of color and rhythm, the two key elements of her abstract
paintings. Together with her husband, the painter Robert Delaunay, she was a
proponent of Simultaneism, a theory of color and movement that they pioneered
in 1912. Seeking maximum dynamism in arrangements of pure color, Sonia Delaunay’s
fashion design was a natural extension of her painting, as the wearer literally
animated the composition. Project for
Decoration falls somewhere in the continuum of her research and
experimentation, either as a study for a design or a painting in its own right.