Light Study, Electric Prisms

Creation date
gouache on cardboard
Mark Descriptions
inscribed L.R.: No. 39 signed and dated verso: Sonia Delaunay 1914
12 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. | 31.4 x 21.0 cm.
Credit line
The Robert and Traude Hensel Collection
Accession number
Not Currently On View

In 1914 Delaunay painted an 8 x 8 foot canvas entitled Electric Prisms. Her subject was the colored halos created by electric street globes, newly installed on Boulevard St. Michel in Paris. This piece is one of hundreds of small, numbered drawings in pastel, watercolor or gouache that Delaunay devoted to this modern, colorful theme.

Light, fragmented prismatically into geometric patterns of pure color, was the primary interest of Sonia and her husband, French painter Robert Delaunay, in the years leading up to the outbreak of World War I.

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