Sophie Taeuber-Arp

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Porträt mit Dada-Kopf [Portrait with Dada-Head], 1920. Collage. 21 x 16.5 cm.
Born January 19, 1889(1889-01-19)
Davos-Platz, Switzerland
Died January 13, 1943(1943-01-13) (aged 53)
Zurich, Switzerland
Web Dada Companion, Wikipedia
Aubette 200 (Gedrehte Deckenzeichnung für die Aubette-Bar), c1927. Watercolor and pencil on paper. 24.4 x 31.8 cm.

Sophie Henriette Gertrude Taeuber-Arp was a Swiss artist, painter, sculptor, textile designer, and dancer.

Born in Davos in 1889, she grew up in an emancipated and culturally open-minded milieu in Trogen in the Canton of Appenzell. From 1912 until 1914 she studied at the Teaching and Experimental Studios for Applied Art in Munich, and Hamburg. In 1916 Taeuber-Arp was offered a position teaching textile design at the Zurich School of Applied Arts. She continued to teach there until 1929, setting new standards in textile design. In 1915 she met Hans Arp whom she married in 1922. Both were active in the context of the Zurich-based Dada movement. She appeared as a dancer both at the Cabaret Voltaire and later at the Galerie Dada. As a 27 year-old, Taeuber-Arp received her first major commission as an interior architect, which involved decorating the Aubette, a modern entertainment centre in Strasbourg, together with Hans Arp and Theo van Doesburg. In 1929 she moved with to France where they lived in a house conceived by Taeuber-Arp in Clamart-Meudon near Paris. Even more than in Zurich and stimulated by the close contact to the Paris art scene, Sophie Taeuber-Arp from then on focused on her artistic work. When the Germans marched into Paris in 1940 the couple was forced to flee to Grasse in the south of France and later back to Switzerland. (Source)

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