Sonia Delaunay: Marché au Minho, Portugal (1915-16)

SONIA DELAUNAY (1885-1979), Marché au Minho, Portugal, oil and encaustic on canvas, 44 1/2 x 54 7/8 in. (113 x 139.5 cm.), Painted circa 1915-1916, Image Source: Christie’s

“In Marché au Minho, the artist places the beautiful young woman as the central figure within the composition, within her domain of the market. Colourful fabrics, fruits, vegetables and ceramics surround her in bright, primary hues formed of abstract coloured spheres, generating movement and depth and enhancing the dynamic arrangement of colour. The overall tone is warm, with reds, oranges and yellows. The greens and blues are loaded with yellow and there is an interplay of simultaneous contrasts. Each primary colour gains in intensity alongside its complementary colour. This combination of abstract and figurative motifs closely reflects Delaunay’s new artistic direction, combining figurative elements with abstraction, artistic research with folk art: ‘I tried to express the light,’ she recalled, ‘the richness and the strength of the colours of the women, of the local vegetables and fruits, before finally focusing on a single subject: the market teeming with life, colour, people, animals, vegetables, with the viaduct rising in the background. I made multiple sketches to base my impressions around a strict composition, in order to best express what I felt’ (S. Delaunay quoted in M. Hogg, Robert et Sonia Delaunay, exh. cat., Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, 1967, p. 152).”


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14 Comments Add yours

  1. sienablue says:

    Impressionistic with long brush strokes, a unique style. Very effective.

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    1. I am curious about the “oil and encaustic on canvas” technique and must learn more. Very effective, indeed! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, sienablue. 🙂


  2. Enjoyed the painting and commentary. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts, David. 🙂


  3. Sonia Delaunay lived to be 94, dying in 1979.

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  4. Another striking painting by Sonia Delaunay.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rosaliene. 🙂🌺

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  5. Bridgette says:

    So soft and tender.

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    1. I am curious how she produced this soft color, so I added “oil and encaustic” technique to my want to learn about list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Bridgette. 🙂🌺

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