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  1. 1910
    Wedding Sonia and Robert Delaunay
    Born as Sarah Ilinitchna Stern in Hradyzk, Ukraine (former Russia) Sonia Terk marries the french painter Robert Delaunay. The two artists live in Paris and begin a symbiotic artistic relationship. They share a studio for work and use, if necessary, improvised canvases such as old curtains, used mattresses etc
  2. 1923
    First versions of "Rythme sans fin" by Sonia Delaunay
    Sonia Delaunay creates a series of textile studies entitled "Rythme sans fin". Robert adopts the subject in his own paintings. In the years to come, both artists develop and modify the subject. Sonia will continue with the series for the next 50 years

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    Source: www.oseculoprodigioso.blogspot.ch/2009/05/delaunay-sonia-arte-abstracta.html

  3. 1934
    Robert Delaunay paints "Rythme sans fin"
    Robert Delaunay finishes the painting "Rythme sans fin"

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    Source: Online catalogue of the Centre Pompidou, Paris

  4. 1941
    Death Robert Delaunay
    Robert dies of cancer in Montpellier, France, at age of 56. Sonia starts her efforts to ensure Robert's legacy.
    In subsequent years, she organizes a series of retrospectives, edits monographies,
    orders restaurations of his artworks and promotes his oeuvre at every opportunity
  5. 1952
    Catalogue "Hommage à Robert Delaunay"
    Sonia Delaunay designs the catalogue for a retrospective of Robert's work at Galerie Bing, Paris

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    Source: www.spectacles-selection.com: Sonia Delaunay - Les couleurs de l'abstraction

  6. 1956
    "Rythme sans fin - d'aprés Robert Delaunay"
    Stencil in an edition of 300 by Sonia Delaunay entitled "Rythme sans fin - d'aprés Robert Delaunay". The stencil includes a partial copy of Robert Delaunay's painting "Rythme sans fin", his enlarged signature and Sonia's own initials. Starting point for C.Manz's work "Rythme sans fin, N° 1 – 1832“

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    Source: Online archive of Cornette de Saint Cyr

  7. 1957
    Retrospective Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam by Willem Sandberg
    Retrospective of Robert Delaunay organised by Willem Sandberg in collaboration with Sonia Delaunay. The catalogue was designed by Willem Sandberg. The cover of the catalogue, however, was hand printed by the artist Hella Guth in Paris. A letter from Mrs Guth to Willem Sandberg suggests that she got the stencils from Sonia Delaunay. No copyright notice in the catalogue that could identify the author of the stencil is known

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    Source: Online archive of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

    Poster by Willem Sandberg including the cover of the exhibition catalogue

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    Source: Online archive of Van Sabben Poster Auctions

  8. 1964
    Situationist Times
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    Scan Situationist Times: Close-up of page 161 Various reproductions of works by Robert Delaunay in the Situationist Times. Amongst the images credited to Robert Delaunay is an identical reproduction of Sonia's stencil from 1956. Important detail: due to the poor quality of the print, Sonia's initials are not visible on the image. Her authorship is very likely, but can not be proven completely

    Source: Situationist Times - International Issue, Faksimile. Archive Céline Manz

  9. 1968
    Bonus: Interview Jacques Dutronc - Sonia Delaunay


    French singer Jacques Dutronc interviews Sonia Delaunay for the French national television. The broadcast ends with Dutronc's wife and singer Françoise Hardy wearing one of Sonia's designs while performing a song surrounded by enlarged reproductions of Sonia's paintings. The song Comment te dire adieu by Serge Gainsbourg is a cover version of Margaret Whiting's It hurts to say goodbye. Here's a virtual jukebox with more covers of this song

    ina.fr. Courtesy: Institut national de l'audiovisuel France

  10. 1971
    Rythme sans fin N° 1832
    Sonia Delaunay finishes "Rythme sans fin, n° 1832", the highest documented number of variations of the series.
    Most likely she continued with the subject after 1971
  11. 1979
    Death Sonia Delaunay
    Sonia Delaunay dies in Paris, France
  12. 2014
    Exhibition Jacqueline de Jong and Céline Manz
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    Scan of the reproduction credited to Robert Delaunay On the occasion of a joint exhibition, Manz does research on Jacqueline de Jong's "Situationist Times", particularly interested in the editor's note that “All reproduction, deformation, modification, derivation and transformation of the Situationist Times is permitted”. Manz finds the presumedly wrongly credited reproduction of Sonia's copy of Robert's painting on page 161 of the 5th issue of the magazine. The paradox created by the false credit - Robert's work is public domain, while Sonia's oeuvre is copyright protected - marks the beginning of the body of work "Rythme sans fin"

    Source: Situationist Times - International Issue, Facsimile. Archive Céline Manz

  13. 2015
    "Rythme sans fin, domaine public"
    Mixing analogue and digital media, Manz enlarges the reproduction in the "Situationist Times" in a scale of 1 to 100 and creates 242 analogue photograms based on the virtual image of a computer screen
  14. 2016
    "Rythme sans fin, N° 1 - 1832"
    Manz finishes the series of 1832 hand made reproductions based on Sonia Delaunay's stencil from 1956
  15. Sources
    Robert et Sonia Delaunay, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, auteurs divers, Paris Musée ed, 1985, ISBN: 2-85346.002-9
    Robert und Sonia Delaunay. Künstlerpaare - Künstlerfreunde. S.Kuthy, K.Satonbobu, Kunstmuseum Bern, Hatje Verlag Stuttgart 1991, ISBN:3775703594
    Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, library and archive 2016
    Situationist Times - International Issue, Facsimile. Archive Céline Manz The world wide web:
    Online catalogue of the Centre Pompidou, Paris
    ina.fr. Courtesy: Institut national de l'audiovisuel France www.spectacles-selection.com: Sonia Delaunay - Les couleurs de l'abstraction
    Online archive of Cornette de Saint Cyr
    Online archive of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Online archive of Van Sabben Poster Auctions