L'œuvre Prismes électriques - Centre Pompidou

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Prismes électriques

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Sonia Delaunay (1885 - 1979)

Prismes électriques

1914

Huile sur toile

250 x 250 cm

Achat de l'Etat, 1958

Attribution, 1958

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 3606 P

Description for the presentation 2013-2014 in the National Museum of Modern Art

Here, by capturing variations of electric light on the canvas, Sonia Delaunay proposes a style where colour is the main subject. The eye, dazzled by the dispersed light, moves from one coloured unit to the next. With no reference to any objects, these discs express the energy of the blended matter, and an infinite, sensitive space. The light is diffracted into coloured circles that create movement between each other through the play on contrasts.

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Description for the presentation in the National Museum of Modern Art

The modern beauty of electric light bulbs and rail travel inspired the artist for this composition vibrating with colour.

Sonia Delaunay’s simultaneous painting produces multiplying contrasts in primary and secondary colours, creating light effects and an intense optical vibration. Prism-coloured discs dazzle the onlooker’s eye. One cartridge evokes the poem by French poet Blaise Cendrars, Prose on the Trans-Siberian Railway, in which the poet’s thoughts alternate with the train’s swift chugging. Prismes électriques creates its own energy in this perpetual motion, to the point of cosmic tra...

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