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Delaunay-Terk, Sonia

Sonia Delaunay-Terk (dəlōnā´-tĕrk´), 1885–1979, Russian painter and designer; wife of Robert Delaunay. Raised in St. Petersburg, she moved to Paris in 1905. With her husband, she developed orphism, a movement that strove for the harmonious mixture of colors. After World War I, her interest shifted to fashion design, but returned to painting in the 1930s. In 1937, she collaborated with her husband on a mural for the Paris Exposition. During the 1950s, she exhibited regularly and her work was the subject of retrospectives in Paris and Lisbon. In 1964, she was the first living woman to exhibit at the Louvre. She designed (1968) the costumes and setting for Stravinsky's Danses Concortantes.

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Delaunay-Terk, Sonia (1885–1979) French painter, b. Russia. Co-founder (with her husband Robert Delaunay) of orphism. Among her most notable works are the lyrical Simultaneous Contrasts (1912) and delightful abstract illustrations for the Prose du Trans-Sibérien by Blaise Cendrars.

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