The Easel

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21st June 2022

Mighty brave

In 1911, Delaunay’s cubism-influenced abstractions made her a noted modernist. Applying these designs to textiles put her ‘serious’ art reputation at risk. Delaunay insisted there was “no gap” between her art and her “so-called decorative work” and described her dresses as “living paintings”. Still, a century later, a “rehabilitation” is apparently needed to win back recognition for her pioneering colour abstractions and “visionary practice” as a cultural entrepreneur. Images are here.