Sonia Delaunay’s Living pictures: Art, fashion and poetry in the French Avante-Garde

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne

Join Dr Anthony White for a presentation on Sonia Delaunay’s Living pictures: Art, fashion and poetry in the French Avante-Garde as part of the exhibition, Art on the Page. The Ukranian-born artist Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was a pioneer of the Parisian avant-garde. With her vivid geometric designs she aimed to break down the distinctions between fine art, applied art and literature as well as the boundary between art and life itself. This talk focuses on her co-authored book Tableau-vivants (or Living pictures) which documents her extravagantly coloured and designed dresses that made art come alive on the body of the wearer.

Dr Anthony White is a Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Melbourne. His most recent book, authored with Grace McQuilten, is titled Art as Enterprise: Economic and Social Engagement in Contemporary Art and was published in 2016 with I.B. Tauris.

Free event. Further information and bookings.

Image: Cover art from Sonia Delaunay, 27 tableaux vivants (Robes-poèmes), Milan: Edizioni del Naviglio, 1969