The couple of artists renowned by promoting Orphism lived for about a year in Portugal, during the period of the First World War, and became acquainted with the Portuguese artists Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso and Almada Negreiros, from who became friends.
It was in the summer of 1915 that the artist couple settled in Vila do Conde.
Sónia Delaunay’s stay in Portugal was the starting point of an exhibition about this artist, entitled «Sónia Delaunay – Simultaneous Fabrics», which the Soares dos Reis National Museum hosted in 2001, the year in which Porto was European Capital of Culture, aiming to illustrate the inspiration that Portugal represented in her work.
The exhibition focused on Sónia Delaunay’s work as a designer, with a large number of her designs for fabrics taking the main part of the exhibition.
(Cover) Robert Delaunay, 1905–06, Autoportrait, oil on canvas, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris
(Article) Exhibition Catalog «Sónia Delaunay – Simultaneous Fabrics», 2001/12/13 to 2002/02/24, Soares dos Reis National Museum, Porto [Commissioner – Petra Timmer; Coordination – Portuguese Institute of Museums (Manuela Correia, Anabela Carvalho and Maria Amélia Fernandes) and Soares dos Reis National Museum (Ana Paula Machado)