A Journey by Train

prose-of-the-trans-siberian-and-of-little-jehanne-of-france-1913Sonia Delaunay’s collaboration with Blaise Cendrars, La Prose du Transsiberien, featured in a number of recent catalogs, including Inventing Abstraction, is pretty interesting. I love the shapes, and of course I love the idea of an abstract book. This one is better than Kandinsky’s Klange. The Eiffel Tower is visible at the bottom, and as one moves up pastoral landscape vistas, forests, deserts and mountains are all there, ending with the dark blue Pacific at top. So I guess the narrative of the poem from top to bottom is a journey on the Trans-Siberian beginning in Asia and ending at Paris. All this becomes much clearer through comparison with the studies.

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