Delaunay, Sonia. (1885–1979) [Damase, Jacques. (1930–2014)]: Design for the Playing Card Eight of Clubs, ca. 1960
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India ink on paper. 11 x 14.75 inches (27.7 x 37.3 cm.). In fine condition. From the collection of Jacques Damase.
In 1964 Delaunay completed work on her bold and colorful Simultané deck of cards, which used her characteristic geometric forms to reimagine a deck of playing cards as a work of art. A multi-disciplinary abstract artist and key figure in the Parisian avant-garde, alongside her husband, Robert Delaunay, she pioneered the movement Simultanism. Her exploration of the interaction between colours has created a sense of depth and movement throughout her oeuvre.
Described by De Chirico as a ‘publisher–poet,’ Jacques Damase published the work of Jean Cocteau, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Eluard and Charlie Chaplin; Jean Louis Barrault’s first book on the theatre; and the first book on Braque’s sculpture. In 1949 he became editor of the review Labyrinthe. His own books included studies on the works of Jacques Callot, Braque, Chagall and Picasso, as well as the life and art of Sonia Delaunay. From 1964 until Delaunay’s death, Damase was her publisher; he was also responsible for the exhibitions of her works in all media.