F and I went yesterday to Tate Modern to see an exhibition of work by Sonia Delaunay. We had contrasting views of her work, which neither of us had seen before. I liked her earlier, figurative paintings. I had seen a print of one particular painting on the Tate web site, and had immediately said “Gaugin”. Sure enough the exhibition leaflet referred to the influence of Gaugin on her early work. But she left me when she became more abstract, evolving into the Orphism movement that she and her husband, Robert Delaunay, are now known for. But the strangest thing for me about her artistic endeavour was the fact that she lived through two world wars and the Russian revolution, and did not seem to feel the need to reflect any aspect of those events in her painting or in any other aspects of her art, which included fashion and textiles. Odd.