Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Born 1889, Davos, Switzerland

Died 1943, Switzerland


1908-1910   Studies textile at Ecole des Arts Appliqués in St Gall.

1912   Studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Hamburg.

1915-1920   Career begins in the center of the Dada activity in Zurich.  She creates series of paintings along with polychrome wooden creations, marionettes, and set designs during this time.   

1916-1929   Teaches at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich.

1922   Marries Jean Arp. 

1926   Is commissioned with Arp and Theo van Doesburg to design the interior of the Café de l’Aubette in Strasbourg.  This is one of the first public places to embody the modernist idea of integrating functionality and art. 

1928   She and her husband build a house based on her designs. 

1930   Begins a series of works with black and white backgrounds hosting geometric shapes (typically primary colors). 

1930s   Becomes a member of the Cercle et Carré group.

1931   Becomes a member of Abstraction–Création. 

1932   Creates her “space paintings.”  

1934   She and her husband leave Abstraction-Création because of the group’s exclusion of all figurative art.

Her works become more organic, though still containing geometric forms.

1937-1939   Works on Plastique, a periodical published in Paris and New York dealing with modern and abstract art.

1940   She and Arp flee from Paris.

December 1942   The couple returns to Zurich.

1943   Dies in her sleep as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas stove malfunction.