Zenith. 1914. Gouache on board, firmly mounted on a thin panel. Titled in the image, inscribed "No. 495 A" in pencil ion lower rigth, presumably by a hand other than that of the artist. Verso inscribed "Sonia Delaunay" presumably by a hand other than that of the artist. 60.4 x 50 cm (23.7 x 19.6 in), the full sheet.
• Conceived after a poem by Blaise Cendrars. • Advertisement draft for the Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith. • The artist's characteristic blend of colors, forms and words. • Other drafts for this project are, among others, in the Musée National d'art Moderne at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
The work is registered at the Sonia Delaunay Archive with the number "F 495 a". We are grateful to Richard Riss (expert officiel de Sonia et Robert Delaunay) for his kind support in cataloging this lot.
PROVENANCE: Artist's studio Arthur Cohen (acquired directly from the artist, in possession of the family until 200) Private collection Canada.
EXHIBITION: Robert et Sonia Delaunay. Musée national d'art moderne, Paris 1967 (verso with a label) Sonia Delaunay - A Retrospective. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. February 2, 1980 - May 17, 1981, cat. no. 63 with color illu. o p.143 (verso with a label) (other stops of the travelling exhibition were at the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal). Sonia Delaunay. Work of the Teens and Twenties. Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York 1995. cat. no. 9 (verso with a label) Sonia Delaunay. La Moderne. no. 8, ill. p. 39. Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers 2001/02 (travelling exhibition with other stops at Urawa Art Museum, Urawa; Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokaido; Iwaki City Art Museum, Iwaki; Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo). Galerie Thomas, Munich (2004).
LITERATURE: Arthur Allen Cohen, Sonia Delaunay, New York 1975, no. 79, with illu.