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Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Sophie Taeuber-Arp PortraitBorn in Davos, Switzerland in 1889 as Sophie Henriette Gertrude Taeuber, Taeuber-Arp is now recognised as one of the key figures in the Dada artistic movement, though in her lifetime she fought for her less figurative style of art to be recognised as fine art.

Taeuber-Arp studied drawing and attended the School for Applied and Free Art in Munich before leaving for Zurich in 1915, where she met and later married French sculptor, painter and collagist Hans Arp in 1922.

The Swiss artist experimented with numerous styles, from regimented grid work to free-flowing geometric shapes and abstracted human-like figures, and also created some of the early foundation pieces of the Constructivism movement. She taught weaving at the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts before moving to Strasbourg, and later Paris.
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