# 13456

DELAUNAY, Sonia (1884 - 1979)

Tristan Tzara with monocle

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Lithograph, 370 x 160 mm, signed in pencil lower right.

The play Le coeur à gaz by famed Romanian-born dadaist writer Tristan Tzara (1896 – 1963) was first performed in Paris, as part of the 1921 “Dada Salon” at the Galerie Montaigne. For it’s second performance in 1923 at théâtre Michel, the costumes were designed by the artist Sonia Delaunay, the original watercolour designs now being held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1977, Paris gallerist Jaques Damase published a limited edition of the play, a livre d’artiste limited to 125 copies illustrated with 12 original lithographs by Delaunay, 7 of which reproduce her original costume designs. The lithographs in the edition were unsigned, but for a special collector’s edition of 25 copies, a suite of 7 signed lithographs accompanied the work, including this striking modernist portrait of Tzara with his ubiquitous monocle.

A striking work published late in Delaunay’s career, directly referencing the stunning avant-garde pieces created in Paris in the 1920s.

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