Robert and Sonia Delaunay

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

For thirty years, until Robert Delaunay’s death, in 1941, he and his wife, Sonia, collaborated on a common body of work while maintaining their individuality as artists. For almost another forty years Sonia Delaunay continued alone, working to communicate and deepen their initial vision. For the 100th anniversary of their birth (Sonia was born in 1885, in Russia; Robert the same year, in Paris), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris organized the first comprehensive exhibit of their work in the city where they conducted their artistic experiments.

The exhibition presented the work of the two artists in separate rooms; only preparatory drawings and models for large-scale projects—like Robert’s plans for a Palais des Chemins de Fer, 1937, and Sonia’s sketches for a Palais de l’Air, 1936—were shown together. Isolation of their work made it difficult to determine which elements of their

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