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Sophie TAEUBER-ARP | Vertical and horizontal composition
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Sophie TAEUBER-ARP
Switzerland 1889 – 1943
France until 1940
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Vertical and horizontal composition c.1928
construction of oil on composition board
103.0 (h) x 145.0 (w) cm
not signed, not dated, stamped with atelier mark verso on paper label
Purchased 1977
NGA 1977.792.A-C
© Sophie Täeuber-Arp. Licensed by Bild-Kunst & VISCOPY, Australia
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Biography

Sophie Taeuber-Arp was born in Davos, Switzerland, on 19 January 1889. She trained in the applied arts, first in the textile section at the technical school at Saint-Gall (1908-10), then in Walter von Debschitz's experimental workshop in Munich (1911, 1913) and at the Arts and Crafts School in Hamburg (1912). From 1916 until 1929 she taught textile design at the School of Applied Arts in Zurich. IN 1915 she met Jean (Hans) Arp, whom she would marry in 1922, and participated in establishing the Dada movement in Zurich, frequently performing at the Cabaret Voltaire soirées. In 1918 she designed the sets and made marionettes for König Hirsch (The Stag King) by Carlo Gozzi. During the 1920s she became known for her interior designs. She completed a mural painting for the architect Paul Horn in Strasburg, designed the bar of the Hannong Hotel and produced all the designs for the house and studio which she shared with Arp at Meudon-Val-Fleury, just outside Paris. Her most important commission was the redecoration of the Café de l'Aubette in Strasburg, undertaken with the assistance of Arp and Theo van Doesburg. With the fall of Paris in 1940 she and Arp took refuge in the Dordogne, then in Annecy, then in Grasse and finally, in 1942, in Zurich. Taeuber-Arp died in Zurich on the night of 12-13 January 1943, apparently asphyxiated by the fumes from a faulty heater.

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