The Salon des Réalités nouvelles (new realities) was an exhibiting society devoted to pure abstract art founded in Paris in 1939 

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  • Sonia Delaunay Rhythm 1945
    Sonia Delaunay
    Rhythm 1945

  • Antoine Pevsner, 'Maquette of a Monument Symbolising the Liberation of the Spirit' 1952
    Antoine Pevsner
    Maquette of a Monument Symbolising the Liberation of the Spirit 1952
    object: 472 x 465 x 310 mm
    Purchased 1953© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002
  • John Wells, 'Sea Bird Forms' 1951
    John Wells
    Sea Bird Forms 1951
    Oil on board
    support: 431 x 493 mm
    frame: 546 x 605 x 48 mm
    Bequeathed by Miss E.M. Hodgkins 1977© The estate of John Wells

Artist Sonia Delaunay set up the society along with other artists working in an abstract style. The name reflects the fundamental idea that abstract art is a new reality because it does not refer to or imitate any existing reality.

After the interruption of the Second World War it was re-established in 1946, again with the help of Sonia Delaunay, and continues today. It provided in the post-war era the same focus for the purest tendencies in abstract art that Abstraction-Création had pre-war.

Related glossary terms

Orphism, simultanism, abstract art