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Women’s History Month: Sonia Delaunay

Artist Sonia Delaunay, who is featured in major museum collections in the United States and Europe is one of the artists featured in the Libraries' Vibrant Visions: Pochoir Prints in the The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library:

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library has a rich collection of vibrantly colored illustrated books and periodicals that were created using the pochoir stenciling process. The pochoir process, characterized by its crisp lines and brilliant colors, produces images that have a freshly printed or wet appearance. This display provides a brief history and description of the pochoir process along with select examples of pochoir images from the library's collection that illustrate costume, interior, and pattern designs produced in France from 1900 through the 1930s.

Illustration (plate 10) by Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979)

Pochoir plates were regularly used in French fashion journals, such as Le Jardin des Dames et des Modes and the Gazette du Bon Ton: arts, modes & frivolités, created by well-known artists such as George Barbier, to illustrate costume styles and set the tone for haute couture in the first half of the 20th century. Pochoir images are also contained in illustrated French industrial design, interiors, textile, and architecture folios produced primarily in the 1920's and 1930's that document and promote the Art Nouveau and Art Deco style. The work of major period furniture designers and architects, such as Eileen Gray, René Herbst, Robert Mallet-Stevens, and Charlotte Perriand are colorfully documented in these folios. Similarly, French pattern books of this period, consisting entirely of pochoir images of floral, insect-animal, and geometric forms, were created to inspire primarily fabric, interior and wallpaper designers. Featured in this display are the floral and geometric patterns of Edouard Benedictus' Relais, insect motifs in E. A. Seguy's Papillons and Insectes as well as abstract forms created by Sonia Delaunay in Compositions, Couleurs, Idées. —Elizabeth Periale

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