Who was Sophie Taeuber-Arp? One of the most important female artists you’ve never heard of

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Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp, one of the foremost figures in the rebellious Dada art movement, has had her 127th birthday honoured with a Google Doodle. Arp was a friend of the celebrated Surrealist Max Ernst, and is considered a founder member of the anarchic Dada movement, which celebrated the avant-garde, conceptual approach to creating art, often resulting in unorthodox materials appearing in abstract, unusual compositions. The pair famously created vast, abstract multimedia works under the umbrella Duo Collages.

 

 

  • Born 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.
  • Unfortunately, the modern design was deeply unpopular with the residents of Strasbourg, and many changes were made after its completion before it was eventually bombed by the Nazis.
  • 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.

 

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  • She was known as one of the foremost artists of geometric abstraction – which forms the style of today’s doodle.Read more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_ZQtw5LEEk

    karthikaqpt January 19, 2016 6:53 am Reply
  • Today (19th January, 2016) the Search Engine Google is showing Doodle on its home page in few countries for the 127th Birthday of Sophie Taeuber-Arp.
    Sophie Taeuber-Arp Google Doodle

    qualitypoint January 19, 2016 8:26 am Reply

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