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Lot 243: Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979)

Est: £80,000 GBP - £120,000 GBPSold:
Christie'sJune 23, 2004London, United Kingdom

Item Overview


Rythme coloré (618)
oil on canvas
35 x 45 5/8 in. (89 x 116 cm.)
Painted in 1954-1957

Artist or Maker


Bielefeld, Städtisches Kunsthaus, Sonia Delaunay, September - October 1958, no. 239.
Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, February - April 1964.


Galerie Rimys, Paris.
Galerie Hybler, Copenhagen.
Henry Schmidt, Copenhagen, by whom acquired from the above circa 1957 and thence by descent.
Bequeathed to the present owner in 2003.



Richard Riss and Jean Louis Delaunay have confirmed the authenticity of this painting.

Privately owned since around 1957 and exhibited at the major Delaunay exhibition at the Städtisches Kunsthaus in Bielefeld in 1958, Rythme coloré, no. 618, demonstrates Delaunay striving to convey the impression of simultaneous movement and conjure up rhythm through the manipulation of colouristic effects. Inspired by the principals of colour first put forth by Eugène Chevreul in his 1839 treatise De la loi du contraste simultané des couleurs et de l'assortiment des object coloré, Delaunay can be seen here to use powerful, luminous colour to achieve immediacy and spontaneity. The brush is loaded and the first form confidently delineated with strong colour. Delaunay often began by defining a single, powerfully coloured centre circle or as in the present work, a semi-circle. The curved blade-like forms, juxtaposed against the cold and warm colours of the angular shapes around them, together achieve a sense of depth and intensity.

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Please note that this lot has been illustrated upside down in the catalogue.

Auction Details

Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

June 23, 2004, 12:00 AM EST

8 King Street, St. James's, London, LDN, SW1Y 6QT, UK