Blaise Sonia; Cendrars Delaunay-Terk

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Author: Blaise Sonia; Cendrars Delaunay-Terk
Drawings, Stencilled in watercolour with printed text, 198x36.5 cm
Origin: France, 1913

The decoration of the Hermitage copy as well as of other copies of the poem was stencilled. "Simultaneous book" was the only joint work of Sonia Delaunay and the poet and prose writer Blaise Cendrars, who was of Swiss origin but, as well as the poetess, was closely connected with French culture and art.

Cendrars created the poem under the impression of his four-year stay in Russia . At first sight both artists had the same purpose: the text was to be arranged on a single plane accompanied by "the harmony of colours unfolding simultaneously with the text". However each of them realized the principle of Simultaneity differently. In the poem's contents this principle could be traced in a number of associations eliminating the boundaries between time and space. The colour decoration was not to serve for the illustration of the contents or reflection of the emotional key. The most important goal for Delaunay was to convey the movement of light that gave birth to new forms and revived the colours. Delaunay's decorative Simultaneity is based on the rhythmic alteration of the planes of pure colour and new constructive forms, one passing into another and thus creating an impression of endless movement.

Album: Illustration for the poem by Blaise Cendrars
Style: Simultaneity
Source of entry: Purchasing Commission of Experts of the State Hermitage Museum, 1966

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