Composition à rectangles et cercles
(Composition with rectangles and circles)

Ink, gouache, watercolor, pencil and opaque white
corrections on paper
20.5 x 27.4 cm / 8 1/8 x 10 3/4 in

‘The wish to produce beautiful things—when that wish is true and profound—falls together with [one’s] striving for perfection.’
—Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Coquilles et fleurs (Shells and Flowers)

Relief, painted wood
1 from a series of 3 variants
Diameter: 59 cm / 23 1/4 in; depth: 8.1 cm / 3 1/4 in

Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Sophie Taeuber-Arp is one of the most important artists of the twentieth-century avant-garde and is considered a pioneer of Constructivist art. Reconciling extremes with confidence—Dada and Geometric Abstraction, fine art and utilitarian objects—Taeuber-Arp’s works boldly engaged with the intellectual context of international modernism. Through her multi-faceted approach to media, she challenged traditional hierarchies between fine and applied art, and asserted art’s urgent relevance to daily life.

Modern Master

Learn about the life and work of Sophie Taeuber-Arp in this film narrated by Jennifer Higgie, editor-at-large of frieze magazine and host of Bow Down, a podcast about significant women from art history who deserve our attention.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Explore our online exhibition devoted to Sophie Taeuber-Arp including 30 works, dating from 1916 to 1942, presented alongside photography and material from the Arp Foundation (Stiftung Arp e.V.) archives. Her radical multidisciplinary approach was a constant thread throughout the distinct periods of her life and work, from her marionettes and iconic ‘Tête Dada’ (1920), to her architectural interiors and reliefs.

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