Academic journal article Hecate

Patchwork Quilt

Academic journal article Hecate

Patchwork Quilt

Article excerpt

Second Person as Subject: Artistic Heterosexual Collaborations:

Sonia Delaunay 1885-1979

Robert Delaunay 1885-1941

The most productive artistic exchange of the twentieth century?

Dressed in bright yellow, blue, red and green,

strident juxtapositions of colour,

you both lit up the Parisian scene.

Your shared theory of 'simultanéisme' more lyrical than cubist,

symphony of shape and shades, fine

structural use of colour in painting and design.

You shared the same aesthetic vision.

Who inspired who? Hard to know,

how does synergistic creativity really grow?

You were often dismissed as you made craft

while he made the 'art.' A perfect marriage?

Untroubled relations of dominance and subordination-

was this fiction or a shared creation?

Your first abstract, the most important one?

The famous geometric quilt for a baby son.

You broke down barriers between art and life,

setting aside your own career, a good wife

applying his aesthetic to the decorative arts.

Robert encouraged this direction,

reaffirmed this gendered creative tradition,

you stopped painting. Was this defection to that old chestnut?

'Men produce masterpieces while women embellish the home.'

Shouldering responsibility of the family's finances but

your designs became in demand-

cutting corners you became cutting edge. …

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