Sonia Delaunay-Terk. Portuguese Market. 1915

Sonia Delaunay-Terk

Portuguese Market

1915

Medium
Oil and wax on canvas
Dimensions
35 5/8 x 35 5/8" (90.5 x 90.5 cm)
Credit
Gift of Theodore R. Racoosin
Object number
191.1955
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 11 other works online.
Sonia Delaunay-Terk has 21 works online.
There are 2,371 paintings online.

Like her husband, Robert Delaunay, Delaunay-Terk was a pioneer of abstraction. Both were members of the Orphist group, whose adherents explored color theory and optical effects and made paintings designed to catalyze profound psychic effects on viewers using color. Portuguese Market was painted while the couple was living in the seaside town of Vila do Conde in Portugal. Figurative elements of the scene, such as the male with a black hat at bottom right, are subsumed within swirling color. Orphists referred to abutted areas of intense color in their paintings as instances of "simultaneity," in which no hue dominated any other. Some of their thinking came from folk and decorative arts; indeed, Delaunay-Terk's work in decorative arts may have helped expand her understanding of the possibilities of abstract color.

Gallery label from 2009

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[The artist?]
Rose Fried Gallery, New York. By 1955
Theodore R. Racoosin, New York. 1955
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Theodore R. Racoosin, 1955

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