Sonia Delaunay (France, 1885 – 1979)
Signed “Sonia Delaunay”, dated “1971 décembre” and numbered “1/6″
Handwoven wool tapestry by Atelier Pinton, Aubusson
311 x 148 cm
Manufactured in 1971
Boccara has one of the largest and rarest collections of Sonia Delaunay’s modern tapestries.
The composition of “Serpent Noir” is divided into three main vertical parts and form a pseudo triptych which represents the different important periods of the works of Sonia Delaunay.
On the left, on a background of quadrilateral diverse colors, there is a waving black strip with a white line on, which implies the motif of scarf that she ornated in 1924. At the centre, the combination of the geometrical forms is inspired by a series of gouaches she made from the 1960s, which also reminds her another painting “Rhythm-Colour”.
On the right, the vertically juxtaposed rectangles evoke the cover design of Blaise Cendrars’ Les Pâques, which was released in 1913. “Serpent Noir” is an important work of Sonia Delaunay which marks the artist’s oscillation between the reinterpretation of ancient objects and the creations of new forms”
This tapestry is the largest tapestry creations of Sonia Delaunay and it is the only edition supervised, approved and signed by Sonia Delaunay before her death in 1979.